Race is all around us, man, choking us. The black and white worlds of Johnny Smith and Bill Reilly have been turned upside down by a serial killer determined to incite a race war by slaying black men. Amidst the chaos, Bill reaches out to help Johnny find his missing wife and daughter. Can they bridge the racial divide?
Rendered Invisible takes you inside 1980s New York and the true-life .22 Caliber serial killings as years later Johnny unfolds his untold witness of personal loss, racial turmoil and communities in crisis. The personal search for common ground in spite of race, gender and class continue in the five, critically recognized short stories that follow. Few writers translate our current daily challenge with cultural diversity as Dobson so easily offers in Rendered Invisible.
“Rendered Invisible,” a novella, the major work in this collection takes us inside the black community terrorized by a serial killer 30 years ago. While most of us are familiar with Charles Manson (nine murders) and the Son of Sam (six murders), few outside the community are aware of the monstrous white supremacist Joseph Christopher who wanted to ignite a race war and murdered 13 black men in the early 1980s, cutting out the hearts of two of his victims and stabbing three others who survived the attacks.
Dobson’s account of the events is almost impossible to put down as he makes the characters visible and exposes the butterfly effect as their fear contorts their lives. Using a collage technique, he takes us from multiple perspectives from barber shop conversations, to news reports, to Johnny’s story in which the life of one of the characters we met in the barber shop comes as close to spiraling out of control as does that of original Invisible Man. You can order a copy on Amazon.com, HERE!
Dr. Frank Dobson received his B.A. at the University of Buffalo (SUNY), the M.A. in English from UNLV and the Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University (Ohio). He received a Ford Foundation fellowship to study at Penn in 1992. And in 1996, he received the Hurston-Head Fiction Writer’s Award from Chicago State University, and in 1999, he received a Culture Works Creative Writing Award.
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