(The authorʼs) affection for these men shines through every page, and his skillful recreation of the anecdotes of the people who knew the men personally brings the story to life.
Somerdale, N.J. (PRWEB) June 27, 2013
This new fiction release published by Dog Ear Publishing shares the tale of two men, born around the same period of time under similar circumstances, and the way that their paths diverged to take them toward their individual fates. W.W. Brown and Fleet Walker became important in their own ways, thus changing the way African-Americans were perceived in Ohio at that time.
Imagine a story about two men whose exploits in the latter part of the 19th century and the early 20th century changed their local landscapes. As this new book describes, William Wesley “W.W.” Brown and Moses “Fleet” Walker rose in the same provincial Ohio county and spent their free time playing pick-up baseball games and chasing pretty girls. As they grew older, the boys took separate paths; Fleet half-heartedly embraced his fatherʼs dream of college, preferring to spend his time playing baseball, while W.W. tried to settle down with Becky, the girl heʼd admired for a long time, and started working to support his new wife and her son.
Both men found it difficult to “roost,” eager to keep looking for the next ball game, the next skirt, the next drink of hard liquor or the next opportunity. Both, however, possessed a charisma that infused their lives. Fleet chose to use his God-given talent to break through the barriers and become the nationʼs first African-American baseball player, while W.W. continued to build his business near his home town, becoming a leader in his own right. Through the years, their lives took different turns, and they suffered as many losses as they celebrated victories, but the men both achieved a great deal at a time that hampered the achievements of men of color.
“Two Tan Lions” is a fascinating portrait of two men who became leaders in their communities in very different manners. Author Alvin G. Brownʼs affection for these men shines through every page, and his skillful recreation of the anecdotes of the people who knew the men personally brings the story to life. Upon his retirement from his position as a senior executive in the federal government, Brown turned to writing, and his Ohio upbringing made W.W. Brown and Fleet Walker a natural choice of topic. This is his second novel.
Two Tan Lions
Alvin G. Brown
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-14575-1889-8 182 pages $14.95 US
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