As an individual I have always tried to be a better person today than I was yesterday–I’m a Work in Progress, if you will. Toward that end, I try to learn something new every day, whether it be about myself, life, history, or the characters that inhabit my head. As a writer, I like to explore the people and events that helped to shape the U.S. into what it is today. While I am working on a manuscript, it, too, is called a WIP because it is in flux and changing. Once I am happy with it, and with a mega-dose of luck, it becomes a book. Herewith, my latest book or two.
FINDING A WAY HOME: Mildred and Richard Loving and the Fight for Marriage Equality (ages 13 to adult: publication November 2020) “Richard was White and Mildred was Black and Native American, and the young couple only wanted to live together as husband and wife. Married in Washington, D.C., in 1958, the newlyweds couldn’t cohabitate in their home state of Virginia because interracial marriage was still illegal there. What followed was almost a decade of arrests, legal battles, and separation until their case eventually made its way to the Supreme Court. Brimner presents the facts in no-nonsense prose while providing context for the couple’s plight . . .. The concluding chapters show how the Loving case had a direct impact on the legalization of same-sex marriage, bringing home the lasting effect of this historic Supreme Court decision. This thoroughly researched, attractively designed work is rich with primary sources, making history tangible.” Kirkus Reviews, September 2020
Booklist, November 1, 2020, STARRED: “Well researched and written as a clear, cohesive narrative, the book portrays the Lovings as a quiet couple who had grown up in a small, racially mixed community and simply wanted to be left alone. . . . large, well-captioned photos of people and documents bring the drama more sharply into focus. A concise, well-organized account of the landmark Loving v. Virginia case, its significance, and the people at the heart of the story.”