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But My Soul is Black Paperback – January 9, 2015
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About the Author
Terrell Williams began life as the oldest son of eight children being raised in less-than-affluent circumstances. The first in his immediate family to graduate from college, he went on to marry a wonderful woman, and they eventually became the proud parents of four children.
Williams enjoys reading and writing poetry, and he has also written several plays that have been performed in Texas. The idea for his debut novel, …But My Soul is Black, lay dormant for many years until Williams finally finished the novel upon retirement, fulfilling his dream of becoming a published author. His romantic tale tackles controversial topics such as interracial relationships, reminding readers of the interconnectedness we share as humans and showing that love truly transcends all.
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As they find a friendship, Jimbo teaches Bobby some hard and necessary lessons of life. However, Jimbo is a player and Bobby has different ideas when if comes to male/female relationships. Jimbo takes Bobby to meet his "special lady" and is bitten by the love bug.
Bobby then has a mission in life to make the lady his. His uncle has some inner prejudices that rear their ugly heads when its discovered that he's been hanging out on the "black" side of town. Bobby is not sure that his lady is really his and tests her loyalty to him. Fireworks galore show up with that confrontation. This may be a prequel to a story about his uncle who may have some secrets of his own. Good read..
Bobby has an uncle that is taking him under his wing and helping to guide him to work his way up into his business. He comes across an interesting character named Jimbo. Jimbo feels threatened but it was interesting to watch him warm up to Bobby. Vince is another interesting character. I don’t know if he is the product of his upbringing but one minute he seems cool and the next he seems ignorant. I found Bobby’s interactions with the men in this book more fascinating than when he develops a relationship with Karen Blackwell. But the author has my interest piqued by how he ends the book.
This is a book that has me remembering how things were during my childhood. A lot has to do with upbringing. My parents always taught us to not look at the color of a person’s skin or their religion – we looked at the person. But that doesn’t mean that the people around us felt the same. With everything that has been happening in the news lately, some would say this is perfect timing. The sad part is that if it weren’t for a book tour I probably would never have read this great book. And I’m certainly interested to know if Mr. Williams has a follow up coming. I would also read this book again.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Author: Terrell Williams
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
"But My Soul is Black" by Terrell Williams
I found "but My Soul is Back" one interesting read in that the story was indeed somewhat strange in how it all started. A white man wanting to be friends with this black man? Well this is what happened! Now, one would wonder with Bobby Selinski wanted to be friends with James Guidry [Jimbo] who was a 'African American foreman' who worked for his uncle. What happens has this really becomes a good friendship? Well it seems all is going well for Bobby until Jimbo introduces him to a Miss Karen Blackwell who just happens to be Jimbo's favorite lady. What will happen when betrayal comes into play. Now, I don't want to spoil to much but just say this story really take on a intriguing read to see how this author will bring it all out to the reader.
The storyline had some really well developed, portrayed and even believable characters beginning with Bobby, Uncle Fred, Vince, Jimbo, Pete, Karen, Smokey, Miss Thomas and Carolyn Jenkins to name a few that will definitely keep your attention to the end of the read.
In the end one may wonder a little how this turned out. Was this a way to do someone you called your friend? Did the right man get the woman? Well, again you will have to read this novel to see just how it comes out. I will say that ending had me raising my eyebrow and saying really? Oh, I will say it was interesting seeing how Jimbo's grandmother tried to work her magic even after death into her grandsons love life. Did it work? It was also interesting to see what Bobby did to try to understand if he and Karen should be together. I will say Karen got on my nerves a little but in the end I was able to understand some of her reasoning.
All and all this was a good read that will keep you turning the pages and I would recommend.
Thank you to Write Now Literary for the early read. It was definitely a read that will leave you with many provoking thoughts that will leave you to ponder over long after the read. Was this a real friendship?
Bobby has a chance to have it all, a great career, home, car, and lots of money, and his Uncle seems to be gifting it to him. Ah, but wait until you meet Jimbo, and see what he does to him on their first meeting, but things do become surprising.
What I didn’t see coming what Bobby and Jimbo becoming fast friends, and then there is a betrayal, and it revolves around a woman.
From the author’s description you can just picture Karen, and then Bobby sees how Jimbo treats her, but does he do the right thing?
Come and see how this all works out, maybe not how you expect.
I received this book through Write Now Literary, and was not required to give positive review.