READERS: Here’s a Brief Summary of ALL THREE Books:
In post-WWII Mississippi, a group of junior high white boys experience a menacing side of their small bayou town when they decide to include their Negro friend, T.J., in a crucial game against their cross-town rivals for domain over the school’s baseball diamond. Determined to move their Deep Southern town one step towards racial equality, the boys find themselves coming head to head with the hard lesson of learning how to love in the face of hate.
For the story’s main characters, identical twins Jimmy and Billy McGee, this is just one of many coming of age lessons they will experience as their teenage years proceed. The twins had always found novelty in looking and sounding alike and had always gotten along until girls entered their worlds. Suddenly, their lives’ primary focus switched from baseball to the opposite sex. In what seemed like overnight, life became a race for Jimmy and Billy to each establish his own identity in their fishbowl of a town. These struggles sparked a mini-series of drama both at school and at home but, perhaps, the most intense battles were fought over gaining their parents’ acceptance, as well as, one another’s blessing over their unparalleled plans after high school.
Jimmy, the more conventional of the two, planned to attend college at Ole Miss and pursue his dream of playing in the Major Leagues. Billy, however, saw a much grander path for himself and secretly enlisted in the United States Air Force with high hopes of being deployed to the Korean War zone. Little did either know that the impact their decisions would bring upon their relationship would prove irreversible.