Paul W. Valentine's new book, The Road to Goshen Shoals, is about one man's quest to unearth truths, mixed with ancient racial ambiguities, that lead him to disturbing discoveries about his family and his old friend and propel him into a final tragic confrontation.
Set in rural North Carolina in 1970, Arlis Morrow, a white newspaper reporter, returns to his small, isolated hometown to seek a black man he had known 30 years earlier as a five-year-old playmate and not seen since. At his dying mother's request, Arlis begins seeking clues to the man's whereabouts, encountering subtle resistance from both black and white townspeople — a courtly undertaker, a glad-handing politician, a secretively obsessed holy roller, a sheriff with a shrouded past.
Paul Valentine, a Baltimore resident, is a retired reporter for the Washington Post where he specialized in police, courts, prisons and law enforcement policy. His two previous novels are Crisscross and Dark Epiphany (also entitled Crime Scene at 'O' Street in its original hardback edition).
Copies of the book will be for sale after the program.
Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm
5714 Bellona Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21212