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About the Book


SHOES is the debut novel by award-winning actor and director A. Russell Andrews. Based on actual events, SHOES is the story of Junior, an 11-year-old African-American boy from inner-city Houston. A kind, responsible and resilient young man, Junior overcomes the tragic loss of his father in a fire that destroyed their home and left him with burns that threatened his ability to ever walk again. 


From the friendship of the Williamson family, along the vivid and adventurous bus rides to "the store", SHOES is the tale of a young black boy, now thrust into the role of 'man of the house' navigating life with hope and optimism. 

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"Russell Andrews has written a very heartfelt, poignant and endearing story of a young boys early challenges with loss and grief. It’s a great addition to this literary genre. 5 STARS!"

Lawrence Gilliard, Jr., NYC

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