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Standing at the Scratch Line by Guy Johnson
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Aug 25, 2009

it was amazing
Recommended to Deanie by: Olivette Thompson
Recommended for: Anyone 18+
Read in August, 2000

This is the first installment of a family saga written by Guy Johnson, son of Maya Angelou. Obviously he inherited her gift for communicating. The novel spans from 1916-1946 through larger-than-life protagonist LeRoi Boudreaux Tremain-aka King. From the trenches of WWI to 1940s San Francisco, by way of Harlem and New Orleans, King takes part in a family feud at 14, fights with the all-black 369th Regiment in the fields of Alsace-Lorraine, does battle with the mob, the KKK and law enforcement agents everywhere. His family starts to fall apart through the complications of two illegitimate sons, conceived by him and his wife, Serena. The ensuing tragedies prove money cannot buy happiness.

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