Author Brenda Woods sends two young Black cousins on a quest to find one's long-lost father in 1965 Los Angeles on the eve of the Watts riots in a heartfelt, appealing historical tale. Packed with local color and cultural detail, When Winter Robeson Came is a satisfying, uplifting tale that makes the world's injustices all the more stark seen through the eyes of young Eden and Winter, who thanks to their loving parents' struggles have the confidence and courage to make things better for themselves and their loved ones. It's not just racism that blights lives, as Eden, an aspiring songwriter who writes the story in verse and hears music everywhere, discovers in a soul-crushing moment with her new, Black piano teacher when she's missing her musical mentor from back home.
"Fact is, California was slowly wilting the musical dreams
"Miss Elvira Porter had begun to nourish.
"My teacher here came highly recommended.
"Mr. Marcus Antonius Duvall, brimming with musical expertise,
"But with a love of it missing from his soul.
"When I professed my desire to compose music,
"an opera even, like Porgy and Bess, he shook his head.
"But you're a girl, Miss Coal.
"And to that I replied, I know.
"The seed of doubt sown, I hadn't practiced since."