God's Long Bones -- a novel of survival, healing and hope based on the suspected 2004 lynching of a Seattle man in Mississippi.
I love to laugh though you'd never know it by the books I've edited or written. Abandoned children, women with HIV, topics no one likes to think about.
SuperSoul Sunday's Caroline Myss, explains it this way: "Some are called into rooms where there is no light."
"Racial attitudes have not improved in the four years since the United States elected its first black president," an Associated Press poll finds, "...bumper stickers, cartoons and protest posters that mock the president as a lion or a monkey, or lynch him in effigy."
We always hear about those white people, but what about the ones who voted for Obama? The ones eager to have a smart man in office? The white people who voted for him because he is black?
What about white students who choose historically black colleges? Little white girls treasuring black dolls? Young white boys in love with jazz or the blues? The white people sickened by the history of lynching? Why doesn't the media ever talk about them?
God's Long Bones won't be yet another story about down-and-out black people. And hateful rednecks. It won't re-traumatize us by beating us over the head with our sorrowful past.
It will be a healing story, with an ending we haven't seen before.
Whenever I see images of slavery I wonder, how on earth did they survive that?
After three years of unemployment, selling my house for less than I paid for it, replacing my broken-down car with one I could live in if I have to, and, like millions of other Americans, watching my savings dwindle to zero; I think I found an answer.
Those slaves have much to teach us about survival.
I want to dig into the dreadful wound of Mississippi history with ten thousand points of light and excavate those lessons and share them with the world.
But I can't do it alone.
I'm thrilled artists can now get support for their work directly from passionate backers via Kickstarter and so grateful for your willingness to help me birth this book.
I only have 4 DAYS to raise these funds!
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Special thanks to Moby for granting permission to use "Ghost Return," Piko Ewoodzie for his "Cotton" photograph and Jody Kim for her beautiful paintings.
Risks and challenges
The main challenge will be researching a possible murder without getting tangled up in the case and completing the writing of the book on schedule. I need to spend extended time in Mississippi and can do it while flying under the radar with the help of allies there. Since I have been able to complete three previous novels, I am confident I will manage time wisely and work around any scheduling challenges.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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