by Julian Houston
has written a fine and moving novel.
— James Carroll
eloquently tells the story of a teenage boy confronting the normal adolescent concerns of grades, girls, and parental control while at the same time grappling with the larger issue of what it means to be African American in the United States in the 1950s.
It was the time of both Malcolm X's movement and nonviolent protests, a time when parts of our country made halting steps toward integration while other parts fought against it.
From the immaculate hallways of Draper, to the jazz clubs of Harlem, to the racially divided streets of Charlottesville, Rob travels through a changing world and discovers himself along the way.
About the Author
Julian Houston was born in Richmond, Virginia, and educated in the public schools of that city before attending the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut.
He attended Boston University and was a community organizer in Harlem during the civil rights movement.
He is now an associate justice of the Superior Court of Massachusetts.
has initiated a number of programs that build and strengthen relationships between communities, including Roxbury Youthworks
, a development program for inner-city youth, and Long Road to Justice: The African American Experience in the Massachusetts Courts, a multimedia exhibit that can be seen at www.masshist.org/longroad.
has written articles for the Boston Globe, the Boston Observer, and the Boston Bar Journal
Judge Houston lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his
wife and family.