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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Frank S. Joseph  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Joseph was born in and lived in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Frank Joseph cut his teeth as a writer at the famous training-ground City News Bureau of Chicago. He worked at The Associated Press, covering the Democratic National Convention street disorders, the Detroit riot, Dr. Martin Luther King's march into Cicero Illinois, and just about every ghetto uprising and incident of urban violence that defined the turbulent mid-'60s in Chicago. Joseph was an editor with ''The Washington Post'' during the Watergate years. In 1982, he founded Key Communications Group Inc., a specialized-information publishing company. He and his wife, Carol Jason, a sculptor and artist, met in Chicago and now live in Chevy Chase MD.

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Titles At Your Library

To Love Mercy
ISBN: 0974478539

Publishers Place Inc. 2006

The worlds of a black family and a Jewish family unexpectedly collide in 1948 Chicago after a bizarre accident leaves a black boy injured. Sass Trimble, the black boy from Bronzeville, "Chicago's Harlem," and Steve Feinberg, a Jewish boy from well-to-do Hyde Park, get on a bus together and get lost in the city. Once free from the neighborhoods that have defined them, the boys explore the city together with enthusiasm, while their families tear each other apart in fear.Steve and Sass spend a day and a night getting more and more lost, and along the way they also lose their inclination to go home. At last the boys discover Riverview -- then "The world's largest amusement park" -- where racism catches up to them in the cruelest possible way.The boys’ newfound freedom contrasts sharply with the constraints of the novel’s adult characters, both black and white, whose fear makes them as ready to attack one another as they are to expect attacks. The boys’ families know that Steve and Sass are together, a fact that upsets them as much as the fact that the boys are lost. Racial tensions reach the boiling point when the families meet in a storefront church in Bronzeville, and personal choices are weighed with a shattering clarity against the pressures of the city.

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