Historical Fiction, Short Stories
Published: January 2018
The Portrait is a story about three people from different cultures struggling to live through the social evolution of the 1960s. The lives of a Latino trapeze artiste, a Black man survivor-of-the-streets, and the White daughter of a wealthy Bible publisher, were thrown together during the tumult and the violence of bigotry and racial hatred, during the Civil Rights Era. The challenges in each of their lives are not unlike the soul-searching that each of us faces in our own daily struggle to remain true to ourselves, and maintain a connection to the biblical commandment; “Love your neighbor as yourselves.” A challenge not easily embraced along with the admonition that all men are created equally. This is a story that has echoes and repercussions in our present-day circumstances, as we struggle to bring truth, justice, and peace to our lives. This story is a repeat of the words from George Santayana, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
About the Author
Whitney J. LeBlanc is a Louisiana native. He has credits as a teacher, set designer, theatre/television director, writer and stained glass designer. He holds a Master’s degree from the University of Iowa. He has spent over half of his fifty-year professional career as a Hollywood director of sitcoms and daytime dramas. LeBlanc lives in the Napa Valley with his Physician wife, where he writes novels and creates stained glass windows.