Wounded

Three lifelong friends – Ben, Levi, and Tracy – take very different paths after high school, but all have brushes with danger and war. What happens in war? Only injury, if one is lucky.

This powerful novel tells of Levi’s war with family tragedy and alcoholism, of Ben’s war with rage, and Tracy and Levi’s Vietnam War experiences. Ben is called to treat the wounds of war, both with his friend Levi, and in his professional role as an organizational consultant.

This unusual combination of prequel/sequel to author Nick Mann’s 2013 debut novel, Forgetful, weaves compelling stories around the intersecting themes of urban renewal, the Vietnam War, addiction, and the professional and personal lives of contemporary black friendship networks.

The gang from the Washington, D.C. neighborhood of Michigan Park returns in his second novel to face challenges of love for one another and struggling with the complexities of their own existence.

Since 1976, Nick Mann has worked as an organization development practitioner. His prior career included serving as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army in the late 1960s, and managing a manpower and social services program in the early 1970s. His Ph.D. was earned at Howard University in human communication studies. Semi-retired, he teaches a leadership course once a month at the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia. The author lives in Washington, D.C.

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Forgetful

978-1-62516-857-3-NMannCoverDr. Benjamin Parks is questioning whether his forgetfulness is a normal part of aging, or if it’s his turn in the family to start down the path of early dementia leading to Alzheimer’s. This beautifully written novel walks the fine line between realistic life dilemmas and fiction.

In Forgetful, Dr. Parks teaches a summer seminar on cross-cultural relationships at a historically black university in Washington, D.C. The central question of the seminar is whether sustainable bridges really can be built across racial, gender, attraction orientation, political, and religious divides. But the universal dilemmas explored in the seminar aren’t the only challenges facing Ben Parks. He sadly realizes that his professional standing and achievements are no substitute for the loving home life with his wife, Addie, which stays just out of reach.

Terrified of losing his memory and becoming yet another case of Alzheimer’s in his family, Ben experiences embarrassing moments of forgetfulness at unexpected times throughout the academic, professional, domestic, and gritty urban scenes of this sweeping story. He’s blessed with a career that brings him together on challenging assignments with corporate movers and shakers wrestling with complex leadership questions. But Ben wonders if he’s still able to contribute in a meaningful way. Forgetful is simply unforgettable.

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About the Author

Nick MannFirst-time novelist Nick Mann has worked as an organization development practitioner since 1976. He previously served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army in the late 1960s, and managed a manpower and social services program in the early 1970s. He earned his Ph.D. in human communication studies at Howard University. Dr. Mann is on the adjunct faculty of the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia, and lives in Washington, D.C.