(Cover art for Isaiah’s Tears
, the new novel by Robert T.S. Mickles, Sr.)
Ever since my first novel, BLOOD KIN, A SAVANNAH STORY, became a top five ESSENCE Magazine bestseller back in March, I’ve been telling people that a second novel is on the way. To get it completed, edited, and ready to go to press was a bigger job than I expected but copies should be available by the middle of next month, August. That will get it out just in time for the new school year so those teachers and students who have been enjoying the first novel will be able to check out a completely different side of the story in Isaiah’s Tears. Here’s an excerpt (written by a guest author who shall remain anonymous for the time being) from the foreword:
“In Isaiah’s Tears, part two of the author’s Savannah Stories, we meet fifteen-year-old Isaiah Jones. For Isaiah, the end of slavery in the United States in 1865 means the beginning of a long but very challenging life as a free man. In the pages that follow, Isaiah shares the story of that life with a group of friends from Howard University in Washington, D.C. And what a story it is! Following the death of both his parents and the acquisition of his sudden unexpected freedom, Isaiah has to choose between life as he has always known it––and life as an uncertain adventure in a new and uncertain world.
“He makes a solemn pledge to keep his remaining family safe and help them establish new lives as free individuals. His story is at times laugh-out-loud comical and at other times heartbreakingly tragic. As a reader, one cannot help but whisper little encouragements and at times hold one’s breath while watching Isaiah grow from an adolescent who had never expected to be anything but a slave in his life to a young man anticipating a future with his new wife, an infant daughter, and his widowed aunt and her children… However, neither freedom nor money, he discovers, can guarantee safety or happiness.”
Robert T.S. Mickles, Sr.