THE ST. CHARLES BARBER, by Allan Ishmael Young
When Minnie Mullins sold her deceased husband's barbershop to the personable young stranger, little did she realize the portent of his sudden appearance... More > in her community. Not only would the old barbershop be brought back to life, but her business agreement with the new owner might spell out a death warrant on her own life. And she had little idea that his arrival would drastically change the life of her young friend Victoria. "He is either looking for something, or hiding from something," Minnie told Victoria the day after she met him. Both women were to be surprised and amazed at how accurate Minnie's guess would turn out to be. After long-hidden truths were revealed, because of his arrival, the little town would never be the same again.< Less
THE NEW REVEREND, by Allan Ishmael Young
Young Reverend Lincoln Davis Hawk – an ex-soldier and ex-drunk with a shameful past, finds romance and rancor in the Bible Belt. He is now an ordained... More > minister working among the needy and downtrodden, but not in a church – but is assigned, against his will, to return to the hometown he dislikes, to take over a problematical church. After meeting a host of characters, including the young and beautiful, but enigmatic church organist, and a self-styled “Preacher hater,” he is startled to learn that all of his predecessors have died mysteriously. Now, not only must he provide spiritual guidance for his congregation, but he must also race against time to unravel all the mysteries before he becomes the next victim.< Less
THE HEAD ROCK CHALLENGE, by Allan Ishmael Young
Lord, how I hate these people, he thought.
This sequel to THE STONEFACE LEGEND is the story of Jed Allen, who life seems to smite at every turn. His... More > personal as well as his professional life, are constantly full of insurmountable problems. His inherent dislike of family members and potential friends slowly turns to hate. When eventually he comes to believe that he has found ways to conquer his difficulties, he makes his flight from Appalachia in his own way.< Less
Asgali Nvya, the three hundred foot high Head Rock, is older than time itself in the river gorge in the mountains. Young Josh Allen loves the old Rock, because it always reflects his moods. But he... More > loves Ellen Miller, his wonderful little school mate with the crossed eyes, even more. She grows into a beautiful woman, and she and Josh keep running in and out of each others lives for four decades, sharing happiness and tragedy, while getting caught up in the Great Northern Migration.< Less
When sixteen-year-old coal digger Andy Stewart decides on his first day at work that there must be better and safer ways of knockin’ the black out (a euphemism for extracting more coal from the... More > earth), he sets about learning and developing technology to do so. But his lifelong friend and neighbor, Nick Rakos, takes a different route, through unionization, and they become bitter enemies. Both make marriages of convenience, but learn to love their wives with great passion. Caught up in the turmoil of the changes in the coalfields in the middle of the twentieth century, Andy reaches a high-level management position, while Nick becomes an efficient union organizer. After more than two decades of personal and professional antagonism, they cement their friendship again when they are hopelessly trapped in a mine cave-in. Based on real-life experiences, this is the story of coal camp people, their lives, their fears, their triumphs, their loves, their hates, and, yes, even their deaths.< Less
by Allan Ishmael Young
THE HEAD ROCK CHALLENGE
Lord, how I hate these people, kept running through his mind.Life seems to smite him at every turn. His personal as well as his... More > professional life, are constantly full of insurmountable problems. His inherent dislike of family members and potential friends slowly turns to hate. When eventually he comes to believe that he has found ways to conquer his difficulties, he makes his flight from the area in his own way.
THE CROSSROADS STORE
This place has become my own personal Eden, he thought.
He would tell you right up front that he is a sterile engineer. He’s not an engineer that works on sterile projects, and he is not a super clean man. It means he cannot father children, can’t get anybody pregnant. When the mumps “fell on him,” as the old folks say, it settled in his testicles. It became both a blessing and a curse, starting with his first visit to “The Crossroads Store” when he met her.< Less