What’s this story about?
Never Cry Again
A story of a young man who beats all the odds. Conceived in abuse, born into neglect and raised with hatred, it’s remarkable that Drew survives at all. But, miraculously, he does survive, and much more. Year by year, chapter by chapter, Drew makes a gritty determined climb out of poverty and hell, each rung on the ladder a hard-earned achievement.
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“An engaging coming of age tale…part Huckleberry Finn and part Stand by Me”–Kirkus Reviews
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December 2, Christmas in Goliad, TX.
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SYNOPSIS of the Sequel to Never Cry Again:
(Estimated Publication: Late 2018)
NEVER GIVE UP (Current Working Title)
(Synopsis updated September 19, 2017)
By Jim Cole
Presenting 12 years in the life of a multi-racial family, set against the backdrop of 1960s racial unrest, the murder of a president, and national turbulence as the United States cascades toward, and becomes involved in, an unwanted and unnecessary war in Southeast Asia.
White House Civil Rights Attorney Drew Neilan and his wife, Kowanda, a descendent of Hawaiian Japanese-Americans, after 7 years of childless marriage, decide that their destiny is to adopt. They take the opportunity to adopt a mixed-race orphan boy, whose black father and white mother were murdered by racists. A month later, they become pregnant. Ultimately, two boys and a girl are added to their family of four children.
Drew and Kowanda, living in Washington, D. C. at the time of Elton’s, Charly’s and Thomas’ births are hardly noticed by their neighbors. People of color and multi-racial families, in the late 1950s in Washington, are generally accepted. But when Drew resigns his position as a ranking civil rights attorney working in the West Wing, accepts a partnership with a prominent Dallas law firm, and moves his family to Dallas’ Oak Cliff area, he and Kowanda discover that racial prejudice in the South is far from dead. and that they are indeed considered “mixed race”.
When the Neilan’s first arrive in Dallas in 1959, they discover that even though Brown vs. Board of Education outlawed school segregation in 1954, Dallas’ schools are still segregated. A private-citizen lawsuit, with Thurgood Marshall as lead attorney and Drew, working in the background, leads the following year to the Dallas Independent School District being ordered by Federal Court to institute “stair-step” racial integration of schools (i.e., one grade each year until all 12 grades are desegregated). Drew’s sons go to separate schools–Elton, now in the second grade, attends a black public school while Charly, 10 months younger, attends a white school in a desegregated first grade.
White supremacists in Dallas are infuriated by the presence of a well-to-do “mixed-race” family, especially one led by an attorney and friend of both Thurgood Marshall and President Lyndon Johnson. They conspire to eliminate the Neilan family from their midst. Protecting his family becomes Drew’s primary focus as Kowanda moves into a political career at the urging of President Lyndon Johnson and First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson.
The story contains scenes from Drew’s earlier life, as he finally learns his mother had committed two murders in addition to her other misdeeds. Along the way Drew learns the identity of his father and discovers a brother he never knew. Martin, only six months younger than Drew, and uncle to Drew’s four children, becomes more important to the family than they would have believed as the 60s cascade into a war no one wants, and into political divides that separate us even today.