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Forty Acres

Dwayne Alexander Smith

In Forty Acres by Dwayne Smith, a page-turning and provocative new novel, a young black attorney is thrown headlong into controversial issues of race and power.

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Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author

‘Amazing and unique.’ WHOOPI GOLDBERG

‘Like Grisham’s The Firm (1991), Forty Acres pits a sharp legal mind against a deadly conspiracy of elites … Highly recommended.’ BOOKLIST

Martin Grey, a smart, talented. young lawyer working out of a storefront in Queens, is taken under the wing of a secretive group made up of America’s most powerful, wealthy, and esteemed black men. He’s dazzled by what they have accomplished, and they seem to think he has the potential to be one of them They invite him for a weekend away from it all – no wives, no cell phones, no talk of business. But what he discovers, far from home, is a disturbing alternative reality which challenges his deepest convictions…

A novel of rage and compassion, trust and betrayal, Forty Acres is the story of one man’s desperate attempt to escape the clutches of a terrifying new moral order.

Critic Reviews

'Like Grisham's The Firm (1991), Forty Acres pits a sharp legal mind against a deadly conspiracy of elites, and Martin's survival strategizing builds top-grade suspense. The disturbingly powerful, well-wrought story easily overshadows the few minor improbabilities.Highly recommended for book groups.' BOOKLIST

Critic Reviews

Amazing and unique.

Whoopi Goldberg
Critic Reviews

'Moving into more sophisticated territory Forty Acres by Dwayne Alexander Smith begins as a traditional legal thriller but opens out into something much bigger as a young New York attorney rises up through the black middle class to meet a supremely rich and powerful group who could buy up much of white America. But there is a price for entry into their ranks.'

Critic Reviews

'Seriously address[es] issues of race and makes the reader think more closely about how much from the past we can forgive, how much retribution is needed and how we can go about the business of reparation when so much water has passed under the bridge. To achieve that in a thriller that races along at a rate of knots is a real skill.'

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'Bold... Entertaining [and] intriguing.'

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'The first novel by screenwriter Alexander, it is intense and genuinely thought-provoking, raising challenging ideas on race and retribution. Original, exciting and intelligent - this is a blockbuster film begging to be made.'

Deirdre O'Brien, Sunday Mirror
Dwayne AlexanderSmith

Dwayne Alexander Smith is a screenwriter and author living in Los Angeles. Forty Acres is his first novel. Follow him on Twitter @writtenbysmith www.writtenbysmith.com

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