For twelve years Carson Blake inhabited a world of his own creation.
Scorned by the father who was incapable of showing him affection and
nearly consumed by the mean streets of Prince George’s
County, Maryland, Carson did what no one else could: he saved himself.
After joining the police force and building a family with his wife,
Bunny, Carson is finally in control of his life in the enclave where
African American wealth and privilege shares the same zip code with
black American crime and tragedy. Both Carson and his wife have great
careers and three beautiful children: Roslyn, Roseanne, and Juwan.
Carson is a devoted father, determined not to be the father that Jimmy
Blake was to him. But while Juwan’s astounding artistic
talent is his father’s pride, the boy’s close
relationship with classmate Will conjures up emotions and questions in
Carson that threaten to spill over and poison the entire Blake family.
And then, one night in March, nearing the end of a routine shift,
Carson stops a young black man for speeding. He orders Paul Houston to
exit the car and drop to his knees. But when Houston retrieves
something from his waistband and turns to face Carson, three shots are
fired, one man loses his life and two families are wrenched from
everything that came before and hurled into the haunting future of
everything that will come after. When it is revealed that Paul, a son
of educators and a teacher in Southeast D.C., was only holding a cell
phone, Carson’s carefully woven world begins to unravel.
After is a penetrating work of discovery for a man whose life careens
more than once off the edge of disaster. Golden’s astounding
prose will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last
by Marita Golden
Harlem Moon (Random House)
Trade Paperback, 256 pages
This book is also available in a Hardcover edition: After