A Family Gathering

She was only 12. Where was God, on May 15, 1974?

‘A Family Gathering’ Bestseller Fiction

Girl Meets World and lives to tell the story of tragedy and triumph.
“Where Was God, on May 15, 1974?”

"I have not been so moved by a novel, since first reading Alex's [Haley] book.
When the film is made, I’m laying claim to the role of Aunt Rose.

— Cicely Tyson


Past Pulitzer-Nominated

512 p. Hardcover/Softcover
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Completed Screenplay
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Audio Excerpt


Deborah 14 years beyond May 15, 1975.
I Weep No More.

On a sweltering May 15, 1974, the twelve year-old daughter of a rural baptist preacher walked home from school, along a pine tree-lined, unpaved, Arkansas country road. Before she could arrive home, her first life ended. Then...


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A Tony-Award winner, Emmy-Award winner, Oscar-nominated actress
"I have not been so moved by a novel, since first reading Alex's [Haley] book.
When the film is made, I’m laying claim to the role of Aunt Rose.

— Cicely Tyson

It began when…

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"Where Was God, On May 15, 1974?"

It was 1974...the South.
She was 12; he was 16. She was black, the daughter of Baptist minister;
He was white, the son of privilege.
What happened on a hot day in May changed her life forever.
His was unaffected, until the passing of 14 years of exile, a vicious murder, a callous display of arrogance and power, an unexpected visitor, and 'A Family Gathering.

A story, of triumph over tragedy, spanning more than thirty years.

Cicely Tyson Calling: It began with a surprising phone call from Gene Cartwright’s long-time publicist, Nancy Eddy of Novato, California. She informed Gene that Cicely Tyson’s William Morris agent was trying to reach him. Ms. Tyson had just read Gene’s latest novel, ‘A Family Gathering,’ and was determined to personally speak to him.

Needless to say, Gene was flattered. After a number of follow-up conversations that day, a time was arranged to receive Ms. Tyson’s call. The hour arrived, and her call came.

From the first minutes, it seemed the two had been friends for years. Their first conversation lasted more than two hours. Ms Tyson disclosed she had read A Family Gathering and, in her words, had not been “so moved” by a novel since first reading “Alex’s [Haley] book” [Roots]. She knew she had to speak to the author.

Gene was taken aback, honored, and briefly speechless. To have his novel—a product of an intense labor of love—placed in such lofty company, and by such a respected film icon who personally knew Mr. Haley, was an humbling experience

Ms. Tyson, thanks for the encouragement, the honor and continued friendship.


The screenplay is complete. The following is a list of main and support characters:



1.Rev. Henry Bertram Davis (Pastor- Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church & Father)
2.Mabel Davis (wife and mother)
3.Magdalena Morris (Gram d'lena - paternal grandmother)
4.Matthew Jeremiah Davis (brother)
5.Maylene Rene Davis (Eldest Davis Sister and a single mother)
6.Deborah Yvonne Davis (Lead character and 3rd Davis sister)
7.Beverly (Deborah's childhood friend)
8.Karetha (Deborah's childhood friend)
9.Tommy Williams (Deborah's schoolmate - has crush on her)
10.Rachel Davis (2nd Davis sister)
11.Gloria Davis (4th Davis sister)
12.Aunt Rose (Rose Evelyn Sims-Aunt and Mabel Davis Sister)
13.Jack Sims (husband to Rose)
14.Samantha Yvonne Davis (Deborah's daughter)
15.Charles Rollins (Maylene's son)
16.Yvonne Rollins (Maylene's daughter)
17.Paul (Deborah's literary agent - he's in love with her)
18.Jude Barsteau (shadowy figure -rumored to be Deborah's real father)
19.Mrs. Jasmine Baker (Deborah’s teacher)
20.Jonathan Reed (Son of wealthiest Arkansas Family, primary antagonist)
21.Reginald (Gloria's boyfriend - foil for Matthew)
22.Richard Reed (Jonathan's wealthy father)
23.Virginia Reed (Jonathan’s submissive mother)
24.Susan Reed (Reed family adopted daughter)
25.Melvin Davis (Reverend Davis’s brother)
26.June Boy (neighborhood savant)
27.Rebecca (nurse)
28.Big Baby Jesse (neighborhood kid/teen)
29.Jeb Liddy (Reed family hatchet man)
30.J.R. Rollins (Maylene's husband)
31.Elkin Hoage (White neighbor)
32.Mattie Hoage (White neighbor)
33.Florinda Batiste (90 year-old Voodoo practitioner and midwife)
34.Sheriff Lucas Darden (Reed County Sheriff)
35.Thaddeus T. Bluehorn III (black deputy Sheriff and snitch)


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We’re not banking on Hollywood to see this film get made. Presently we’re now casting for production of a trailer.