A black man on trial for assault is helped by a woman who runs a local animal shelter. She is the daughter of parents who were Civil Rights activists and who have shown her that race is just a label. She steps in to defend the man after he is accused of attacking a driver who struck and almost killed a dog and winds up coming across, ironically, as more of a source of shame for him. The life behind bars is one he knew, understood, had spent nearly 30 years coming to grips with. But the new labels, the new chances, the newness period seem to frighten him.
I thought this story was well written and it has so many layers to it that my review here is only scratching the surface I'm sure. I'd read more of this author for sure.