Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Guest Post: Carol Sue Gershman author of The Jewish Lady, The Black Man And The Road Trip

Carol Sue Gershman, author of the book The Jewish Lady, The Black Man And The Road Trip , stopped by to share with us a piece she wrote.

Black, homeless and quietly he walked. Let us call him Harold.

He walked all day and I wondered how that could be possible. But the truth is, he did! He was in supreme physical condition; tall, slim and shirtless with a flat stomach. Walking at a slow and even pace, people stopped their cars to offer him money. He politely took it from the passing driver and then he quickly turned and walked on, almost as if he had to get back to his job. He particularly liked walking on the island that I lived where there were bridges and waterways.

Sometimes I would see him on the sidewalk of a busy highway. It has been years now that I have followed Harold, intrigued by this homeless man. The Florida heat does not seem to bother him; perhaps he was brought up on one of the tropical islands and enjoys the warmth. He is in better shape than most young men and a stand out amongst homeless men. He might be handsome if he was cleansed and dressed appropriately.

He might be anybody's son, husband or lover. Could he be my Pygmalion? What does your new boyfriend do? “Well, he walks.”

From experience I know there is nothing more wonderful than walking, letting thoughts come and go while the body becomes invigorated. When I was in my late forties, my boyfriend at the time invited me out for a walk. I kind of laughed, thinking it was a strange kind of date. But Paul, on this wonderfully romantic date held me close as we walked embracing each other through the small and interesting streets of Key West, Florida.

There were many walks to follow all with wonderful memories. Paul gave me a life time gift of walking for pleasure and exercise. I remember telling my girlfriend and she laughed at me. “Walking, he took you walking. So what is that?” She did not understand that it was bigger than any gift he could have given to me.

Where did Harold go at night? Where did he sleep? Had he found a special place for himself? Had he made friends with neighbors who invited him to sleep on their property? Did he have any other possessions other than the pants and shoes he wore or the shirt tied around his waist? What was his real name? Did he ever go to school? Did he have a high IQ? Where was he from?

This lonely walker with a stench, and I knew he had one, as I was one of the people who gave him money, fascinates me. I need to approach him. I need to find out who he is. I need to find out what has compelled him to live a life of walking. I need to know him and write about him. I need the world to meet him so that we can know his story.

About the book:


"The Jewish Lady,The Black Man and the Road Trip" is an entertaining, humorous and inspiring celebration of racial diversity in a sexually supercharged relationship between two sixty-plus lovers. Author Carol Sue Gershman navigates you through an honest and juicy adventure of self exploration and obsession while you witness the evolution of a strong, determined woman whose love for romance, passion, culture and companionship takes her and her lover Xavier on the ride of their lives. "This racy, romantic and poignant memoir will re-define the way the younger generation views the mature, young and adventurous at heart." Lisa Silvera, Thinking Media "The Jewish Lady,The Black Man and the Road Trip" celebrates race relations while serving as a poignant travelogue. The reader rides shotgun as this interracial couple embarks on a five-week action packed road trip from Miami to Montreal in her hot yellow Mustang convertible. They visit her dynamic family and discover a level of intimacy that neither has ever known Women of all ages will emerge enlightened and relieved to learn that sex later in life still smolders with passion, remains spicy and is here to stay!

About Carol Sue:

Constantly reinventing herself, Carol Sue Gershman attended the Miami Dade College memoir class thoughtfully morphing her two and a half page story "Adventure in Love" into a book.

Her past travel stories are widely read and enjoyed by many.

After spending 25 years in New York City, she was one of the first to arrive into the new phenomenon coined “SoBe” or South Beach, Miami Beach.

She is currently writing her second book while working to craft laws to ban smoking in residential buildings.

If you'd like to pick up a copy of Carol Sue's book The Jewish Lady, The Black Man And The Road Trip click on the cover image below.


sharon54220 said...

Memoirs are one of my favorite genres to read. This sounds like a fun memoir, I'll have to add this to my wish list.



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