Then Like the Blind Man: Orbies Story Freddie Owens




Then Like the Blind Man: Orbies Story  by  Freddie Owens

Then Like the Blind Man: Orbies Story by Freddie Owens
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Then Like the Blind Man: Orbies Story tells the story of a downtrodden nine-year-old who is sent from the city to live with his grandparents in the outback of Kentucky, taking few possessions yet a heart and soul chock-full of hatred for black people. But his grandparents are mavericks of the 1950s south- transforming Orbie into a young man that battles through the demons of his generation to embrace compassion and racial equality.Synopsis: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 familys darkest secrets. Then Like the Blind Man: Orbies Story 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 Harlans 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 Orbies 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 fathers 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.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.

In Then Like the Blind Man: Orbies Story, Freddie Owens depicts the coming-of-age of one nine-year-old protagonist whose story transcends fiction to capture the shifting racial prejudices that turned would-be racists into a generation that embraced racial equality.Owens captures his characters’ folksy Appalachian diction without overdoing it and subtly reveals character through dialogue and description.

A psychologically astute, skillful, engrossing and satisfying novel.– Starred For Exceptional Merit by Kirkus ReviewsEvery once in a while 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.– The San Francisco Book ReviewIn an American coming-of- age novel, the author presents a stunning story with clarity and historical accuracy, rich in illuminating the Appalachian culture of the time period.– Publishers WeeklyOrbies sharecropping grandparents, by defying convention with unnerving grace, become founts of colloquial wisdom whose appeal is impossible to resist, and the Orbie they nurture – the best version of a boy who may otherwise have been lost – is someone the reader comes to love.– Michelle Anne Schingler / ForeWord ReviewsThis is a rural-America version of Hamlet...but with intriguingly different choices made by the protagonist that have their inevitable effect on the ending.

The symbolism is both omnipresent and beautifully handled.– Catherine Langrehr / The Indie Reader

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