Two Different Worlds, An Impossible Situation, and the Unexpected Friendship that Changed Everything
On Sale: November 4, 2014
Featuring: Carter Paysinger; Steven Fenton
Hardcover / e-Book
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When Beverly Hills High School welcomed a skinny boy from
the other side of the tracks, no one knew just how
life-changing the decision would be, not just for Carter
Paysinger but for all of Beverly Hills.
Carter grew up hearing his parents say, “Don’t just strive
to be good. Always strive to be great.” He dreamed of
finding greatness in playing professional baseball or
becoming a black Donald Trump, but fate had different plans
and, ultimately, he found his calling as a teacher and coach
at the school that once embraced him, becoming a rock for
the innumerable kids who came seeking an ear to listen or a
shoulder to cry on.
One such kid, a scrappy Jewish boy from a prominent family,
would change the course of Carter’s life. His name was
Twenty years later, as Beverly Hills High fell into
disarray—with principals hired and fired and families
fleeing the school—as well as his own life coming apart,
Carter ran into Steven Fenton again. Together, they found
renewed passion and hope to fight for their school and test
the limits of what community means.
But when Steven convinced Carter to throw his hat into the
ring as principal, the progressive Beverly Hills suddenly
thought that its winningest and most beloved coach didn’t
fit the profile for the Beverly Hills image.
It was the beginning of a long road, but Carter could hear
his father saying, “Don’t listen to those voices. Do what
you have to do.”
Filled with hope, triumph, and the struggles that come to
define us, Where a Man Stands is a beautiful
fish-out-of-water story about the families formed in
unlikely places and how, in the end, where you stand, and
with whom, and for what, matters as much as anything.
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