Book Title: Fabyan Place: Two WWII GIs Fight to Survive and Overcome Racial Strife as POWS by Peter Angus
Category: Adult Fiction 18+, 350 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Dottenfritz Press
Release date: August 2021
Content Rating: PG13 + M: Some use of the “F” word, some swearing, bigoted pejorative vernacular common in the 1940s, treatment attributed to Nazi captors in both a POW and Death Camp and one antagonist suicide.
“Enthusiasts of this genre will be impressed by the book’s authenticity. The author has a deep knowledge of the Second World War and offers many historical insights and details that I was not aware of.” — David Aretha, editor, World War II Chronicle and The Holocaust Chronicle
Should racism prevent you fighting for your country?
Does bigotry still live even after a war has ended?
Must standing at the gates of hell in a POW camp forever change a man?
Memories of his internment as a prisoner echo as a young war veteran returns to his family and an enigmatic visitor arrives unannounced on Christmas morning.
The guest brings memories of the war, the horrors of the camps and the life-altering changes in his own psyche as his family prepares for their annual feast.
Fabyan Place is an engrossing suspenseful historical fiction novel about two mixed race young men from urban New Jersey and rural Georgia whose experiences clash in a Nazi concentration camp.
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Pete Angus spent his early years in New York City and environs. From there it was working and living in Vienna, Belgrade, Warsaw, Moscow, and Paris before settling in his current base, London. Fabyan Place, his first novel, is drawn from his own recollections and his extensive study of WWII military history. Pete has caught the writing bug and is currently working on a new mystery series featuring a military CID officer investigating unusual crimes in the 1940s.
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Some Inspiration for my book FABYAN PLACE
By Peter Angus
Among other things, FABYAN PLACE portrays what the minority soldiers went through during WWII and how they were able to deal with the prejudices while trying to serve their country. To be honest, I don’t purport to even begin to understand the Negro experience in America or throughout the world in the 1940s.
But that being said, I wish to acknowledge someone who helped me understand the journey, a man named Walter Francis White (1883-1955), who was an African American civil rights activist who led the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for a quarter of a century. John Chalmet’s character is based loosely on this individual (and incidentally, John’s name in the book and that of his fathers are stolen from a dear and brilliant friend of mine).
I first became acquainted with White from Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book, No Ordinary Times. I was fascinated with White because he was one of the few people on the planet who came face to face with FDR and could resist his charms, insisting that several civil rights issues be addressed. I was impressed because there were very few people who had that reaction to Roosevelt. It was only years later that I learned that White, while indeed a Negro, could easily pass for a white person yet refused to. He was constantly being asked in university settings when he showed up with his wife why he was married to a Negro. The brief persuasive argument that John gives Sonny in Chapter 15, when wondering what would happen if all Negroes would turn White overnight and what would become of bigotry, was largely from an obscure article written by White in the now-defunct Look magazine in 1949 entitled, “Has Science Conquered the Color Line?” If you can track it down, it is indeed an eye-opener and a great article to read!
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