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THE FUTURE seems to hold limited possibilities for Son Erby. The African-American child of a farm laborer in 1930s Depression-era Tennessee, his fate seems as certain as the sunset at day's end. But when his father takes him to work at the Coleman Farm and hands down the secret to making the corn liquor, everything changes. MOVING FROM from the shaded parlors of the wealthy Sawyer clan to the illegal activities in the woods along the Mississippi river, this perceptive vel explores the roots of racism, and the dangerous power of secrets that will shatter every taboo in a sleepy little town caught between the past and the future. Beginning with Son's simple plan to make his fortune with the most common drug of his era, white lightning whiskey, and speeding toward an explosive climax that will expose the twisted roots of his family tree, The Legend of Quito Road is a look at a bygone time, the sobering echoes of which can be heard today.
Dwight Fryer is the league director for the Shelby DEBATE Society (www.shelbydebate.org). Memphis Debate, a 501(c)(3), shares public policy debate methods with over 300 high and middle school students in 28 Shelby County Schools. Fryer is a Christian minister, writer, speaker, storyteller, historian and genealogist, avid bird and nature watcher, reader, and anything outdoors, especially flying kites. He has over 25 years business experience in accounting, finance, marketing, and technology. His historical novels, The Legend of Quito Road and The Knees of Gullah Island were critically acclaimed. He holds a BBA in Accountancy from The University of Memphis and a MS in technology management from Christian Brothers University. Dwight and his wife Linda work with the National Meningitis Association (www.nmaus.org ) as an advocate for immunization against bacterial meningitis after the death of their sixteen-year-old daughter Adrienne from meningococcal disease in January 2001. Fryer survived colorectal cancer in 1998 and an accident caused by a drunk driver in 1992. Dwight shares with audiences how quickly anyone can become The Patient in Room 3053 and how medical professionals make a difference for each person they encounter every day. Visit www.dwightfryer.com for more on Dwight and his work.