From the outside, the middle-class James family appears better off than many African-Americans living in Los Angeles-but what appears to be a fairy-tale home turns out to be a breeding ground for despair. Between his inattentive, alcoholic father and his abusive, emotionally unstable mother, Wilson grows up never knowing the selflessness of real love and the resulting void makes him vulnerable to a predator at the formative age of thirteen. Attracted to other males since childhood, Wilson now faces the added confusion of what constitutes true romantic love.
Wilson continues to battle a growing web of secrets as he encounters more and more men wanting to use him for their own ends. But as author Vance N. Smith so deftly illustrates-it is the lies we tell ourselves that can do the most damage. Damned from day one, does Wilson have any chance of redemption?
Battlefields tells the raw and poignant story of a young man burdened with childhood misery, and held hostage by his own demons, who wants nothing more than to live happily ever after with the love of his life-his straight best friend.
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About the Author
Vance N. Smith was born and raised in Southern California. He attended the University of California in Santa Barbara for two years, but began working during a leave of absence and never returned. He currently works for a public utility company where he's been employed for the past thirty-one years. Though he'd written a few poems over the years, Smith didn't tackle fiction until 2011, when he started on his first novel, Battlefields.