A NovelBook - 2006
Police officer Carson Pierce is cocky and confident and, he believes, untouchable, until the night he pulls over a young man for driving his Lexus without headlights. A brief scuffle leaves the son of an affluent black family dead, his hand holding the cell phone Pierce assumed was a gun.
With a surgeon’s precision, Marita Golden gets inside the mind of a man caught in a nightmare. She traces his descent through a maze of self-recrimination and shame; his bouts of drinking; the humiliation he suffers when his wife and children leave him; and his alienation from his colleagues. As Pierce struggles to put his life back together, Golden creates rich and telling portraits of his family: his devoted wife, Bunny, who watched as years of wearing the “suit”—the phrase she uses to describe her husband’s uniform—changed the man she married; his estranged father; and his son, Juwan, whose uneasy relationship with his father grows more difficult as Juwan accepts his identity as a gay teen.
Marita Golden is known for taking on controversial subjects and uncovering hidden truths. In AFTER, she brings to life the tensions between black policemen and the black community and paints a searing yet compassionate picture of how a man and his family face—and recover from—a life-altering mistake.
Baker & Taylor
After mistakenly shooting the son of an affluent black family during a routine traffic stop, black police officer Carson Blake struggles to cope with his feelings of shame, family discord, drinking bouts, and alienation from his colleagues as he works toput his life back together.
Blackwell North Amer
After joining the police force and building a family with his wife, Bunny, Carson Blake is finally in control of his life in the enclave where African American wealth and privilege share 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 his father 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, 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 was only holding a cell phone, Carson's carefully woven world begins to unravel.
After mistakenly shooting the son of an affluent black family during a routine traffic stop, black police officer Carson Pierce struggles to cope with his feelings of shame, family discord, drinking bouts, and alienation from his colleagues as he desperately works to put his life back together and restore his relationship with his family. 25,000 first printing.