THEN LIKE THE BLIND MAN by Freddie Owens Wegela
Orbie's Story

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A well-written, evocative and thought-provoking book, which should be read by fans of Shakespeare and of rural American literature alike.


Every once in awhile, you read a book in which every element fits together so perfectly that you just sit back in awe at the skill of the storyteller. Then Like the Blind Man is one of these books.  -- San Francisco Book Review

While fiction about the 1950s Civil Rights era is far from rare, few capture the period and struggles from the perspective of a white child.


A storm is brewing in the all-but-forgotten back country of Kentucky. And, for young Orbie Ray, the swirling heavens may just have the power to tear open his family's darkest secrets. Then Like the Blind Man: is the first person account of a white youth cast aside in the segregated South of the 1950s, and the forces he must overcome to restore order in
his world.

Nine-year-old Orbie already has his cross to bear. After the death of his father, his mother Ruby has off and married Victor, a slick-talking man with a snake tattoo. Orbie hates his stepfather more than he can stand, a fact that lands him at his grandparents' place in Harlan's Crossroads, Kentucky. Orbie grudgingly adjusts to life with his doting Granny and carping Granpaw, who are a bit too keen on their black neighbors for Orbie's taste, not to mention the local Pentecostal congregation of snake handlers. Soon, however, he finds his worldviews changing, particularly when it comes to matters of race, religion and the true cause of his father's death.

Equal parts Hamlet and Huckleberry Finn,  Then Like the Blind Man is certain to resonate with lovers of literary as well as historical fiction, particularly in the grand Southern tradition of storytelling.

(2013) ABNA Quarter FinalistReceived IR Discovery Award for Best in Literary Fiction (2013)(2014 )Finalist for Kindle Book Review's Literary Fiction Award.Received Kirkus Review's STAR for exceptional merit. Featured in Kirkus Reviews Magazine (January, 2014)Retailers, Libraries and Educators can get the book through Ingram Wholesale.An Amazon Bestseller.Now Available In Bookstores! Scroll Up to Look Inside!

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ABOUT THE AUTHORFreddie Owens is a poet and fiction writer whose work has been published in Poet Lore, Crystal Clear and Cloudy, and Flying Colors Anthology. The author is a past attendee of Pikes Peak Writer's Conferences and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, and is a current member of Lighthouse Writer's Workshop in Denver, Colorado. As a licensed professional counselor and psychotherapist, he for many years counseled perpetrators of domestic violence and sex offenders, and provided therapies for individuals and families. He holds a master's degree in contemplative psychotherapy from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Born in Kentucky and raised in Detroit, Owens drew inspiration for his first novel, Then Like The Blind Man / Orbie's Story from childhood experiences growing up around Harlan's Crossroads, Kentucky. His life-long studies of Tibetan Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta not to mention his encounters with Native American Shamanism are also of note in this regard.
Published November 26, 2013 by Blind Sight Publications. 330 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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A well-written, evocative and thought-provoking book, which should be read by fans of Shakespeare and of rural American literature alike.

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