Civil Rights Novel “My Enemy's Face” Based on Author's FBI Experiences is Released
With the most recent FBI Annual Hate Crimes Statistics (for 2012, dated 11/25/2013) showing nearly 50% of all hate crimes, TotalRecall Publications announces a coming-of-age novel set in 1960s Alabama a tale that deeply engages readers in the historical upheavals of the Civil Rights Movement and its hard-won lessons for tolerance today.
In "My Enemy's Face," generationally-taught racism collides with integration when two 17-year old Alabama football players, one white and the other black, find themselves on the same team. In creating a compelling story brimming with authentic characters and atmosphere, authors Terry and Margaret Moran draw on their collective childhood memories and Terry's remembrances of his FBI Special Agent father, who handled civil rights and Ku Klux Klan cases during 1961-1967 in Alabama.
The complexity of the era's political, social, emotional, and spiritual turmoil are brought to life through the lives of Billy Ray and Noah. Billy Ray is white and the son of the powerful and wealthy Mayor of a small town. He is raised to accept his father's racist and narrow-minded ways in 1960s Alabama. Noah Franklin is his polar opposite. A black son of poor parents, Noah doesn't have racist bone in his body until the federal government forces integration. Billy Ray and Noah clash on the first day of school, and through what can only be explained as an Act of God, are forced to live their lives through the other's eyes.
Both their spirits and faith are tested through triumphs and failures in a small community not ready for change or unity. Hate turns into friendship as the two boys try to deal with their new circumstances. In an ultimate act of sacrifice, one will be forced to lay down his life to save the other. In an act of love, the other races against time to save him.