Mark My Words

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Author House, Mar 18, 2004 - Fiction - 504 pages
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"Mark My Words" is a saga about Allan Christopher and his family. Allan is a self-made, African-American multimillionaire approaching sixty. He and his wife Maureen have been married for forty years, and they have eight children and seventeen grandchildren.

He was born in Kansas City, Missouri, starting out with nothing but family, very high intelligence, ambition, and drive. Graduating from high school at age sixteen, he worked his way through trade school to become an electrician. He was confronted with discrimination and prejudice, especially in the workplace. In his drive to succeed and refusal to be held down, he opened a fix-it shop in Chicago, and through hard work and determination turned it into a multi-million-dollar electronics corporation.

He's "made his mark." For the last twenty-five years, his home has been a thirty-room estate in Evanston, Illinois. He's very articulate, and is among the Who's Who of Black America. His company is among those listed in the Fortune 500. He enjoys fine cars, like his collection of vintage automobiles. His children are educated and successful in their own right. He has contributed greatly to the community, considered to be one of its "movers and shakers." His business and social connections are numerous, and he faithfully attends church on Sundays.

But has he made it?

With the advent of his sixtieth birthday, his character, his past and his beliefs come into focus, honor and question as his story is told through the eyes of his family... including his four gay children... and with it his impact on their lives.

The time is May 1988; the place, Chicago.

 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
3
Section 3
4
Section 4
9
Section 5
12
Section 6
85
Section 7
126
Section 8
162
Section 14
468
Section 15
477
Section 16
439
Section 17
441
Section 18
442
Section 19
446
Section 20
450
Section 21
452

Section 9
225
Section 10
311
Section 11
376
Section 12
395
Section 13
439
Section 22
463
Section 23
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Section 24
502
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About the author (2004)

W.D. Foster was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  He attended Luther College in Iowa, graduating with a degree in Psychology and Black Studies.  Having a father who reads voraciously inspired his passion for reading and writing.  He has performed as a part of the ensemble Sounds of Blackness (a.k.a. "The Blackness").  He shamelessly admits to a love of romance novels, being a diehard "Young and the Restless" fan and a follower of the Dallas Cowboys.  In this his first novel, his main character, Allan Christopher, came about as a composite of the African-American men of his father's generation both famous and personal, and a vision of showing such men in print succeeding as entrepreneurs in areas other than the familiar ones of sports and entertainment.  These men have always been there, behind the scenes, quietly effective.


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