Douglas E. McIntosh

Douglas E. McIntosh is the author of two novels, as well as a collection of short stories. Below are short descriptions, of those compositions.

The novel Trocadero, is a contemporary, intelligent, straight, middle-class, African-American love story, involving a freelance writer of magazine articles, and budding novelist who travels to Paris with the intention of spending the summer (June, July, and August), rewriting and proofing his first novel. There he meets a music student, and native of the island of Guadeloupe, in the French Caribbean who, is studying at the Sorbonne. There is an attraction, and a subsequent romance, which brings with it conflict, tension, and excitement as we follow the couple through three months of trials and tribulations which, test their faith in their feelings for one another, and their respective abilities to ignore the pull of their pasts. It is a story which deals with the conflict between personal desire, and the obligations that we all have to family and/or, the demands of our culture. All of this takes place against the backdrop of the beautiful and romantic city that is Paris and that city, is a vibrant character in its own right. Francophiles, as well as those who enjoy or just dream about international travel, will find pleasure in reading this novel. In addition, the novel deals with Jazz and its history, the history of the Harlem Renaissance, African-Americans in Paris, cuisine, literature, fashion, and much more. I also believe that the novel, being a straight, middle-class, African-American love story, written by a black male, makes it somewhat unique as well as, very interesting.

The novel, An Orphan On The Doorstep Of Heaven, is a historical novel. The story of three families, two African-American, and one Irish, and how their separate lives intersect and merge, during the drama, terror, and horror of the New York City Draft Riots of July, 1863. The story as well deals in detail with the lives of African-Americans in New York City, Brooklyn(which was not a part of New York City in 1863), the rest of the surrounding area, and the Country as a whole, during the Civil-War era and to some extent, prior to that national struggle. The novel tells of the obstacles and threats that the blacks daily faced as well as, their dreams of freedom and equality for themselves, and for their descendants. The novel also explores the lives of the Irish immigrants, along with their history, and their motivations for perpetuating the tumultuous, and brutal, five-day riot.

Those who reside in, or are simply familiar with New York City, will be especially fascinated by the story as they will recognize streets and locations (albeit outfitted in 1860’s mode), that they have walked, and continue to trod daily. They will then see those same streets bathed in blood as well as, filled with dread. However anyone residing anywhere in our world who, is interested in history, and/or is touched by human drama and, is inspired by the will of an individual as well as a people, to overcome all odds, will enjoy this novel. Note: The author also researched and makes use of African-American, and Irish-immigrant, English dialect in this novel. My Irish characters routinely speak in this dialect.

The short-story collection, To Journey Home, consists of diverse stories, within the African-American genre. The lead story of this collection of fifteen short stories, and one novella, is the tale of a fourteen-year-old, African girl who, is captured, and forced to endure the horrors of the Middle Passage. The stories in the collection, deal with the lives, and struggles of African-descended peoples here in the United States, the Caribbean and, in Africa - past, present, and future. Through the stories in this collection, we journey with a people, through decades of their history – from the depths of their most epic and desperate struggles, to the heights of their greatest achievements. As all the while we see, that despite their extraordinary history, their lives consist of all of the aspects and features that one finds, within the reality of any of this diverse world's ethnic groups.