Lightning Strikes<br/>

Author: Daniel Babka
Publisher: Blue Squirrel Press
Published: 2014-07-15
Language(s): english
Category: Fiction
Audience: Adult, Youth (13 to 17)
Genre(s): Family Saga, Inspirational, Short Story Collections Read Excerpt >

The Heights is where all the black people lived in Twinsburg, Ohio, in the late fifties. The adults I knew called it the colored settlement. My father and grandfather ran whiskey and beer up there and took me with them. It wasn't the kind of bootlegging Robert Mitchum did in the movie, Thunder Road, where he ran moonshine in a two-door '51 Ford. What we did seemed ordinary. Just the same, I don't remember anybody getting arrested for anything serious before that night.

Grandpa George and I would carry the cases up the basement stairs, look sideways at the police station next door, load up the trunk, and stack the boxes on the Packard's backseat. I was twelve, but I still got to sit on top of the whiskey when he drove up the hill.

My grandpa and dad both  told me it wasn't just for the money. They said they took the risks because everybody had a right to drink, and no one else was willing to sell to  the colored joints in The Heights that couldn't get a liquor license...

Lightning Strikes   by   Daniel Babka   |   See Bio >
A simple, eloquent story about boyhood and race relations in a small American town in the 1950's that gets to the heart of what matters.

A short coming-of-age story set in a small, blue-collar Ohio town in the 1950’s. Lightning Strikes centers around 12-year old Ben, his Grandpa George, his dad, and Wally, the black man who works in the tavern they own. Ben’s friend, Ike, lives three miles away in the “colored” settlement most white folk don't visit, except to pick up the help . When Angelo Cosentino drives up to the tavern in his Cadillac on a hot summer afternoon, Ben’s life changes. The story is intended for kids 12+ and adults of all ages. It paints a picture of life before computers and video games, when fences were few and far between.

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