". . . Thank you for your example of tenderness and discipline in what I know is a story of love, delicately shared with readers in a way that says, this life, though brief, is significant. So hold it in highest regard for "the dash" is our legacy to love ones, indeed to the world, which we are blessed to share, albeit, for Just a Season." Excellent! --Sistah Joy, Poet, Cable TV Host
"Wills pulls you in from the very first page... Just a Season is a heart-wrenching story about growing up and believing in yourself. I highly recommend this book to young men in high school, trying to find themselves and feeling like they have nowhere to turn." -- Cheryl Hayes, APOOO Book Club
"Not since The Color Purple have I read a book that evoked such emotions. John T. Wills possesses the ability to transport the reader directly into the life and struggles of his main characters story. I was educated in a way that did not afford me the benefit of truly understanding the significance of the historical events taught from a stand alone perspective. This book actually touched my heart and inspired me to increase the equity in my "dash"! Excellent -- Tonja Covington
"John T. Wills captures male bonding between generations and lets the reader passively watch as family love and closeness unfold on the pages . . ." Outstanding -- A great read -- Cheryl Robinson, Host and Executive Producer of JustAboutBooksTalkShow.com
"JUST A SEASON is laced with thought-provoking commentary on the Vietnam War, the assassinations of the 1960s, the migration of crack cocaine into inner-city neighborhoods, and a myriad of other ills that have rocked America. This is a very good piece intertwined with several history lessons spanning many decades." -- Dawn Reeves, RAWSISTAZ Book Club
"John T. Wills particulars each notion so eloquently that you feel that you're actually right there with him... this is an inflicting history lesson that I believe all African American males should experience." JUST A SEASON is a pivotal read -- Carmen, OOSA ONLINE BOOK CLUB
"From the first page you are transported into John's world as if you are there and are experiencing it with him. I am amazed at how John is able to use the events of the time to let you know where you are in time. I felt as if I was teleported... his ability to describe what was going on during that time makes me extremely proud of my heritage. You will come away with a feeling of, now I know why that is. I thoroughly enjoyed "Just a Season". - Mia L. Haynes
"Just a Season is a work of love, respect and honor... A book filled with the wonder of life, and the pain and growth encountered in living it." Outstanding! -- Ron Watson, Editor, New Book Reviews.Org
"in the final analysis the tiny little dash represents the whole of a person's life . If someone, for whatever reason, were to tell the story concealed within my dash. What might they say? ". A thought provoking and powerful read that will forever resonate within my soul . . . Speechless . . . Carron --Review Excerpts
What do you see when looking at a tombstone? There is a start date, a dash, and an end date, but what happens in between is the question posed in Just a Season by John T. Wills. Wills feels that your life is defined by the dash. So much has happened to you in your lifetime that only the dash can tell this significant story. This novel is a cross between a history reference guide and a boy's journey to becoming a man. This story takes place in the 1950s' where segregation, discrimination and prejudices were running rampant. Just a Season is a journey through Tucks' life, his love and dedication to his grandfather and family. Showcased are the trials-and- tribulations he faces growing up, and having to help support his family at a young age, to becoming a man and supporting a family of his own.
Just a Season embodied the traits of loyalty, guidance an the understanding of how to handle the pressure of being a young black man in a time when you could get lynched for speaking to the wrong woman, or being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Wills pulls you in from the very first page and takes you step-by-step through the countryside dealing with farm living, to fighting in the war in Japan. I felt like I was there and was learning right along with him as he faced his biggest fears, and tried to defeat those who thought he did not have the courage or experience to become a strong black man in today's society.
Just s Season is a heart-wrenching story about growing up and believing in yourself. I highly recommend this book to young men in high school, trying to find themselves and feeling like they have nowhere to turn.
Reviewed by Cheryl H. APOOO BookClub --Reviewed by Cheryl H. - APOOO BookClub
Not since The Color Purple have I read a book that evoked such emotions. John T. Wills possesses the ability to transport the reader directly into the life and struggles of his main characters story. Having grown up in the north during this same time frame, I was educated in a way that did not afford me the benefit of truly understanding the significance of the historical events taught from a stand alone perspective. The events of slavery, sharecropping, the civil rights movement and the many assassinations of those that challenged the status quo, allowed my eyes to be opened in a way that changes my perception of what being black in America truly means.
The lessons taught by the main characters grandfather are lessons that can benefit all, especially African American men. The reader will be constantly astonished by his fortitude and courage, evidenced by the most powerful lesson shared -"I raised you to be a man. You don't know what you might have to do, but when the time comes - just do it" And he did. with the utmost grace, compassion and fortitude.
I would like to see this book added to history curriculums as mandatory reading so that our youth can have a true understanding of how they've come to be where they are. The gift of this knowledge will surely inspire them to reach for the stars and feel confident that they are capable of overcoming any adversity.
Although I laughed, rejoiced and cried following this man's journey, after all was said and done this book begs the question: What would the people that know you say about your "dash"? Surely John T. Wills "dash" will be one that his granddaddy and his son would be immensely proud of. This book actually touched my heart and inspired me to increase the equity in my "dash"!
Tonja L. Covington --Tonja L. Covington