For a gift of $100 to the Alabama Humanities Foundation, author Dr. Bob Whetstone is offering a free signed hardback edition of Jacob’s Robe. This promotion lasts from August 15 to September 15, 2013. See bottom of the page for donation details or to use PayPal
About Jacob’s Robe
Why, on the first day of class, is Professor Dean confessing his shortcomings to the students — amnesia, no previous teaching experiences, and a desire to be somewhere other than lecturing to Devon College’s privileged and surly rugby team and two cheerleaders? Dean’s recovery from a wrecked VW van in the Carolina wilderness leaves him scarred but intact physically and suffering from amnesia. Fortunately, a briefcase of documents recovered from the wreckage was enough to secure him a teaching position at the prestigious private college after his release from the Cherokee Medical Clinic. Dean’s romantic involvement with Leah, the native Cherokee nurse who aids his recovery complicates his status at the Devon College. Chaplain Stuart Adams helps Professor Dean remember his past until a series of untoward events interrupts his recovery. Leah is murdered, the body of Dean’s twin brother is discovered in the VW wreckage and a strange woman appears claiming to be his fiancée. Will Dean ever know who he is or who he was?
Jacob’s Robe is published on the 50th anniversary of an icon of the psychedelic, flower-power hippie era. The disproportionately boxy 1963 VW van with a mattress in the back symbolizes an era of counterculture and social changes in America. It is from the wreckage of just such a vehicle that J. E. Dean’s story emerges. Although the popularity of the VW van faded over time, it remains a symbol of empowered youth and social change.
Bob Whetstone’s roots are deeply embedded in the cotton mill villages of the South. This former college professor began piecing together fragments of family history that had become shrouded in myths, legends and denials. He uncovered a “mother lode” of stories, colorful and rich, but conflicting — depending on the source. Rather than documenting genealogy, the writer wove the tales into an epic historical novel centered on the mysterious death of a tyrannical patriarch. Set against the backdrop of the pre-Depression years, Grave Dancin’ traces the life of a young man whose quest for freedom is thwarted by overwhelming responsibility for his younger siblings.
As a part-time church choir director in Birmingham during the tempestuous civil rights struggles of the 1950-1960’s decades, Bob Whetstone was moved to write Crystal Angel, a fictional account of racial controversies surrounding the church. This novel has been lauded by clergy and laity alike as an authentic view of an embarrassing era of church history.
A visit to the Andersonville (GA) National Monument and Cemetery prompted Bob to write Goober Joe, a young adult novel about a mixed-race slave’s risky relationship with an escaped Union prisoner toward the end of the Civil War. Both Joe and the French/Ojibwe prisoner learn a good deal from each other about their respective cultures. Click here for more information about Bob Whetstone.
To obtain your copy of Jacob’s Robe, please send your tax-deductible gift to Alabama Humanities Foundation, 1100 Ireland Way Suite 202, Birmingham, AL 35205 or contact Claire Brown at (205) 558-3996 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also use PayPal below. The delivery date will be two to three weeks from the date of your gift.