A timely and powerful novel about what it means to navigate hidden status lines and what it means to step over them that is at once a family saga, a glimpse behind the veil of a broken marriage, and a quest for the new-age American Dream while exploring the treacherous fault lines of American culture.
The Dessommes family has had their share of troubles — as rival siblings Vince and Jillian can attest — but as Vince prepares to step into his birthright as CEO of the family’s holdings, the repercussions of this looming shift in power and a cascade of events bring together a diverse cast of characters: Vince’s wife, Delaney, a would-be social worker who unwittingly gave up her chance at a career for a ritzy marriage she never really wanted; her best friend, Aaliyah, who still believes in the American Dream, even though her trials with corporate climbing make it more and more difficult to put faith in; Micah, a social and corporate climber who has everything Aaliyah is trying to attain but still reaches for more – possibly to their detriment; Nigel, a former classmate of Vince who’s confounded by the extravagant world Vince travels in and tries to resist the unrelenting pull it has on his life; Paige, the prodigal daughter of a Dessommes family friend whose reputation precedes her; and Jillian, the abdicated social princess of their circle who has a little problem with razor blades and haunting memories from her past that never seem to go away. As the characters – deeply divided by race and class lines – collide, their lives weave together and touch each other poignantly.
Set in the American South and with chapter titles inspired by popular Southern sayings, here you'll find an ode to a culture and an exploration of "the other Americans," the little-known subculture of elitist African Americans whose high society and centuries-old social prejudices are rarely explored. Walking the lines of cultural fissures and boundaries, The Other Americans is a family saga of this lineage’s unspoken past and the way that sisterhood can pull us back from the brink of self-destruction…or push us to it. Cutting deep into the fabric of family ties and the scars of their upbringings, the Dessommes family is forced to confront its secrets as they learn what happens when class lines clash inside of a crucible of decades-old allegiances and social prejudices — and of how far we’ll go to harm ourselves…and others. What unfolds is a stunning portrait of the heart and core of an American family in a story that is as page-turning as it is significant.
- Author: Navidad Thélamour
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 354
- Size: 6 x 9
- Publisher: Independently published