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Folsom on Fire – the Breakthrough Novel by Orlando Smart-Powell exposes the roots of Racism, Sexism, Homophobia and Bullying in America by Peering Into a Window of its Past.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has identified over 1,018 Hate Groups in the United States as of 2011. Gay marriage, the “War on Women”, racist comments and depictions of President Obama seek to divide the country even further. Eric Holder, the U.S. Attorney General, whom some believe is a victim of a modern day lynching fueled by racism, has said that, “ . . . in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.”
In the literary style of Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Alice Walker’s The Color Purple and with commercial appeal such as Kathryn Sockett’s The Help, Folsom on Fire exposes the historical intimidation against women and African-Americans by instilling fear through Lynching, America’s original form of Domestic Terrorism. Intermixing Sexual Orientation alongside Race, Folsom on Fire steps into America’s dark history that great leaders such as Martin Luther King, Maya Angelou, Nelson Mandela, Angela Davis, Malcolm X say we must ultimately confront.
Folsom on Fire introduces you to Mary Cole, a pregnant former slave struggling to find self-worth as a woman. In a time when African-American women are treated as chattel, she rebels against an unjust system of controls imposed by whites. When the lives of her husband, Lar, and the gay white teen, Paul, that she has raised since birth are threatened, Mary must choose between sacrificing her own life and that of her unborn child to save theirs. The true meaning of what ‘Family’ and ‘Unconditional Love’ is is put to the ultimate test in Folsom on Fire.
Orlando Smart-Powell lives with his partner and three multi-racial children. He has a Master’s Degree, is a veteran of the U.S. Army and a foster parent. As a Speech Pathologist working with the special needs population, he has dedicated his life to giving voice to those silenced by society. His writing reflects the belief that we—black and white, gay and straight, regular and special needs—are all in this world together, and the only way forward is as one . . . hand-in-hand.
“Folsom on Fire was immediately compelling . . . as if it had a life of its own. This is fantastic!” Esther – Critique My Novel, Inc.
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