Gussie and Luther by Aaron Fox

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A wino hooker passed out and froze to death in the alley next to Gussie and Sol Steinberg’s little grocery store in the ghetto. She left behind a half starved, nine year old boy, Luther, whom the Steinbergs raised and educated as a son. Their biological son, Maxwell, brilliant and sensitive, resented Luther and eventually fled the ghetto for Harvard Law, a Wasp wife and a career in a white-shoe Boston law firm. When Sol dies, Luther reappears in Gussie’s life, a handsome, conservatively dressed, “white-speaking” cocaine dealer who sells only to white professionals. Gussie loves Luther deeply and he persuades her to allow him to use the store as a front for a cocaine operation, convincing her that cocaine is a “white man’s harmless toy.” The cocaine operation is so cleverly conceived that the police are baffled, humiliated and infuriated. Luther becomes a legend and Gussie fulfills her dream of regaining the respect of the Black community, offering quality foods in a clean, attractive store. It seemed as though there would always be joy and prosperity at Steinbergs. But the little ghetto grocery store was fore-doomed and the two sons that had vied for Gussie’s love are confronted with a wrenching dilemma when Maxwell comes home to save his mother from prison.

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Aaron Fox is a World War II Marine veteran of the battle for Iwo Jima. He grew up in Cleveland, Ohio in the grim, depression 30's when mom and pop stores such as Steinberg's grocery and the characters that come to life in this novel were part of his life. Mr. Fox has a Masters Degree in Politcal Science from Case Western Reserve Unit. He lives with his beloved wife Ruthie in the quaint village of Chagrin Falls,Ohio along with James, an 85 pound lab-mix that insists on sleeping with them,
Published August 28, 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 280 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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The Steinbergs raise Luther under the resentful eye of their biological son, Maxwell, who soon strikes out for Harvard, while Luther simply leaves home with no announcement.

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