African American Literary Book Club
Pau L. Woodring
An African American male, in the seventies, creates a new industry,yet faces subtle racism and financial greed and must decide if it is worth it.
Robert Watson is intelligent, educated and hard-working. But when he perceives he will never be more than the token black in predominantly white companies, he sets out to establish his own company. The story weaves the technical and business detail of entrepreneurship taking place in the U.S and Japan with relationships that are complicated by the psychological isolation of a black male in a white world. It is a story of one man’s search for identity, for the place he truly belongs and a love that will make him whole. In today’s world where blacks continue to strive to define their culture and their collective objectives, some view getting an education as intellectualism. This novel illustrates both the vast opportunities offered by education as well as the pitfalls of success that blacks continue to face in evolving their culture.
Integration was moving ahead in many areas of American life. Work had been his passion, and he had worked hard to create professional success by assimilating into the larger, whiter society. He had believed that if he created a culture of success with the right type of people then he would succeed and build something of meaning that would endure. But now he questioned that philosophy....