Author: Don Fulton
Release Date: June 30, 2005
Paperback: 208 pages
List Price: $14.95
It is 1968 in New York City, and the holiday season has just begun for Jane Owens’ family. From Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve, family drama escalates throughout the season, culminating in lessons learned and secrets revealed in this hard-hitting novel by Don Fulton, Please Come Home for Christmas is available for this season of gift giving …GET YOUR COPY TODAY IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!!!!
Written primarily for African-Americans interested in a novel with intense, realistic relationships. Please Come Home for Christmas follow Jane, her husband, Earl the pastor at Queens Community Church, and her children: Ella, Sam and here youngest daughter, Angie. The atmosphere at the Thanksgiving meal is tense: Angie has run away from home with Ella’s former boyfriend, and Earl and Sam are constantly gripping at each other. Jane’s sister, Pearl Cooper, and her son Eddie, anxiously await for her husband, Bill, to return home form military service in Vietnam.
Sam’s changing behavior is of concern, especially because he plans to join a semi-militant black organization, Black Men for New America. Ella is angry because her mother tells Angie she is welcome back home, even though she did run away and have a child with Larry. Ear’s religious ideas lead him to insult members of the family for what he believes is immoral activity, which is further complicated when Sam sees Earl courting another woman. Pearl receives a telegram that states Bill has been captured by Vietnamese’s forces, and Ella, against her better judgment moves in with Larry. The stress is too much for Sam, and he attempts suicide.
As Christmas approaches, the scarred relationships, anger and resentment twist around every moment of this family’s life. The suffering does finally subside, however, despite the arduous road through the winter holiday.
A heart-wrenching novel of family ties and unconditional love, Please Come Home for Christmas is a story that creatively highlights the essence of modern life.
About the Author:
Born in Washington, DC Don Fulton was raise in Kingstree, SC, he strived to write a Christmas novel for black readers that was not syrupy sweet, but instead realistic and affecting. He succeeded in Please Come Home for Christmas, titled after a 1960s song by blues singer Charles Brown that frequently played on the jukeboxes during the holiday season.