A Man Finds His Way by Freddie Lee Johnson III

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With his critically acclaimed first novel, Bittersweet, Freddie Lee Johnson III defied the stereotype that black men are willingly detached from their families. This debut also heralded the arrival of a powerful and passionate new voice in fiction. Now this talented author has written A Man Finds His Way, in which a college professor sets out to rebuild his world after a series of bitter blows and shattering events.

Lately, Professor Darius Collins’s life has been as tumultuous as the history he teaches in his university class. His girlfriend left him for another dude, his ex-wife’s screwing the mayor and going down in political flames along with him, and his son Jarrod has been accused of a vicious crime. And adding insult to the injury, several of his black colleagues are calling him an Uncle Tom for opposing a university visit by the controversial black activist and anti-semite Osmani Bornu.

But if history has taught Darius anything, it’s that bringing down one minority group at the expense of another is no solution–and he won’t be bullied into submission. Nor will he let the system take down yet another innocent black youth. But he’s got more than a small battle ahead of him, for his son Jarrod, he soon realizes, is a pawn in a dirty game of politics linked to his ex-wife. Can Darius fight the system and win–but even more importantly, can he salvage the spirit of the son who’s learning just what life can deal a black American man?

A gripping novel that plunges into the depths of conflicts within the black community and the system that fuels them, A Man Finds His Way brings home real issues under the guise of a genuinely heartfelt story: a family struggling to keep itself intact despite all that rails against it.

About Freddie Lee Johnson III

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Freddie Lee Johnson III is the author of Bittersweet. He grew up in the Washington, D.C., metro area. He attended Bowie State College, earning a bachelor of science degree in history and teacher education before going on to serve in the United States Marine Corps as a communications-electronics officer and infantry officer with the reserves. He later received masters and doctorate degrees in history at Kent State University. He now lives in Holland, Michigan and teaches history at Hope College.
Published January 1, 2003 by One World/Ballantine. 352 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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