THE RIGHT TO BE
A Christopher Family Novel
About the Book
For all intents and purposes, 18-year-old Allan Christopher Davis has everything going for him. He is the son of international music legends Lissa and Michael Davis of the jazz ensemble Sunrise. His grandfather is billionaire Allan Beckley Christopher, founder of the Fortune 100 company Christopher Electronics. His cousin is Elijah Edwards, patriarch of the powerful Edwards branch of the Christopher family, known in family circles for his "gift." Elijah's wife, Donna Gray Edwards, is the queen of Twin Cities society, yet there is no place in the world she cannot reach to make things happen. He and his twin brother, Michael Davis, Jr., live in a beautiful villa in the Bahamas, raised by loving parents.
The islands, however, are no longer what they seemed to be. Allan is openly gay, yet he is stifled in a relationship with a closeted boyfriend and only tolerated in public, and he has reached his limits. In strong family unity, the Davises leave the Bahamas and return to the United States, where roots are reestablished and, hopefully, Allan will find the kind of love he wants so much.
But what awaits a child of celebrity in a country obsessed with celebrities, with heightened media and internet scrutiny? What lies in store for Allan on his road to the man of his dreams, before and after he finds him? How "normal" will normal be?
Our story begins in 2005, in Nassau, Bahamas.
About the Author
W.D. Foster-Graham is a native son of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received a B.A. in psychology from Luther College, with a minor in Black studies. He is an original member of the 3-time Grammy Award-winning ensemble, Sounds of Blackness. He has also been recognized by the International Society of Poets as one of its “Best New Poets of 2003,” and is a guest writer for Wyatt O’Brian Evans (The Huffington Post, the Washington Post, the Advocate). He is the book review editor for Insight News, a Black community newspaper in the Twin Cities. A 5-time published author, his passion for writing was inspired by his father, who read voraciously. His tastes in writing run to historical fiction, family sagas, and romance, seasoned with his own brand of African American flavor—at the end of the day, it’s all about the love. He shamelessly admits to a love of romance novels, whodunits, and classic movies of old Hollywood. He also received inspiration from the late novelists E. Lynn Harris and Toni Morrison. In Toni’s words, “If there is a story you wish to read, and it hasn’t been written yet, then you must be the one to write it.” Retired from the field of teaching, he loves travel on the open road and time with his husband and son when not in writer’s mode.