Winner of the 2020 Next Generation Indie Book Awards"[A]n amazing job of storytelling while integrating several of today's hard-to-discuss topics . . . [N]ot for the faint of heart."--San Francisco Book Review
The winner of the prestigious 2020 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Two 'Til Midnight is Dillard's exemplary debut novel. Possessing the pace of a thriller, the intensity of a drama, and the humor of a late-night comedy set, Two 'Til Midnight takes a chilling look at the citizens of a close-knit town in a USA led by Trump. Dr. Garnet Gibbs, the protagonist, is content with living her day-to-day routine, teaching at the local university. She finds herself, however, often caught in the middle of the community's theatrics, as her family and friends alike experience challenges with coexisting with those who are unlike them in a number of ways. As residents are forced to face issues related to racism, sexuality, the military, terrorism, and much more, the ability to forge civility is proving to be quite a tall order. What's more, the element of the supernatural is weaving its way into the town's already-volatile state of affairs, adding an extra dimension of suspense. With plots extending from Vegas to Afghanistan to Jamaica, Two 'Til Midnight serves as a literary mirror, a subtle social commentary, and an undeniable barometer for gauging where a modern-day America falls on the diversity continuum.
About the Author
BERNARD L. DILLARD was born in Durham, NC. He is the author of Two 'Til Midnight: A Novel, which was declared a 2020 Winner in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. He is also the author of Lemonade: Inspired by Actual Events, a 2013 Winner in Dan Poynter's Global eBook Awards. Further, he has authored Moneymatics and co-authored Elementary Statistics, two textbooks widely used in colleges across the country. An associate professor, he teaches Statistical Analysis and The Mathematics of Financial Life Management at Fashion Institute of Technology. He has had a few acting stints (The Wire) and several modeling assignments (Sean John). He earned his bachelor's degree in English Literature from Morehouse College and obtained graduate degrees from Emory University and University of Maryland. He currently resides in Brooklyn.
"It's a cosmic battle royale . . . Resonates like a live wire . . . [D]elivers a stunning conclusion that will leave you pondering long after you've turned the last page. Five-plus stars to Two 'Til Midnight." --Publishers Daily Reviews
"In Two 'Til Midnight, author Bernard L. Dillard does an amazing job of storytelling while integrating several of today's hard-to-discuss topics. . . . This book is not for the faint of heart." --San Francisco Book Review
"Dillard skillfully weaves each character's part into the plot. . . . [He] has done an exceptional job creating a novel that will be enjoyed . . . This is highly recommended reading." --Reader Views
"Readers who stick with the myriad of characters and [the] blend of supernatural influences, daily life challenges, and confrontations between [two] worlds will find Two 'Til Midnight an engrossing, multifaceted story." --Midwest Book Review