Friday, January 24, 2014
Monte Dutton will be signing his latest book, “The Intangibles,” at Clock Tower Books on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m.
It is 1968. The winds of change are descending on Fairmont and engulfing the small South Carolina town in a tornadic frenzy. The public schools are finally being completely integrated. Mossy Springs High School is closing and its black students are now attending formerly all-white Fairmont High; the town is rife with racial tension. Several black youths have been arrested for tossing firebombs at a handful of stores. White citizens form a private academy for the purpose of keeping their kids out of the integrated school system. The Ku Klux Klan is growing.
This is a story of a high school football team that puts aside its differences, never realizing that, outside its bounds, the world is unraveling. It is a story about the cultural changes, good and bad, that take place when two societies shift and finally come together.
Ultimately, “The Intangibles” is a story of triumph achieved at considerable cost.