The Long and Stony Road by Jack Saarela

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The years between 1953 and 1968 were among the most tumultuous and transformative in recent American history. Henri Esper, a newly ordained minister from Harlem New York understands that he, like his adopted country, is at a crossroads and will never be the same. He and a seminary classmate, Lucius, start out on a journey of discovery to find out more first-hand about the Civil Rights Movement in the South.

With the 1953 United States Supreme Court ruling Brown v. the Board of Education, the policies and practices of separating children in public schools on the basis of their race have been ruled as unconstitutional, but Henri and Lucius discover that old habits and entrenched traditions die hard, and old prejudices aren’t overcome in just the sweep of a judicial ruling.

Henri and Lucius become more involved and meet many of the more influential leaders of the movement and take part in many of the turbulent events of the era, they find that their journey to learn about racial problems in the South has become a journey of self-discovery as well.

A Long and Stony Road skillfully blends fact and fiction giving us a bird’s eye view of one of the most important eras of American history.

In Jack Saarela’s fifth historical novel he tackles some of the most controversial events of the Twentieth Century and brings them to life for the reader.

$4.99 ebook, $15.95 paper

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1736597972