Thankful Strother's story of his life experiences is moving and profound. He does a remarkable job of bringing the reader into his world. While reading his stories, I felt like I was in the room with him and he was sharing the details of all of his adventures in the south and in Europe with me. I felt every emotion as I read the book. - Sydney LeBlanc
Thankful Strother is the main character inAlien in the Delta. He grew up on
welfare in the small southern segregated rural town of EudoraArkansas near theMississippi
River. He attended
elementary and high school In Eudora. His first part time job at age fourteen
was working for the local newspaper company (The Eudora Enterprise)
cleaning floors and washing windows. After graduating from high
school at age seventeen he took the entrance exam for the US Air Force and
failed it. Several months later after moving toDetroit, MI. to live with his sibling, he took the test and passed it. In
November of 1961 he went into the USA Air Force. Upon completing basic training
his goal was to follow in his brother’s foot steps and go toFrancebut he was sent to Germanyinstead and assigned to work in the
motor pool. He refused to learn to drive on purpose and failed his drivers test
because he did not want to be in the motor pool. Later he accepted his fate.
His first year in the motor pool he flipped a truck upside down nearly killing
a German lady pushing her baby in a stroller.
While his peers went to the bars and nightclubs having fun he
attended college at night. He would have plenty of adventures in the future to
talk and write about because he learned how to speak German and met his future
The Childis the first book in the three book Alien in the
Delta Series. It highlights the life of a boy from the age of six until he
graduates from high school at age seventeen. During that time he discovers
music, girls, sex, learns to dance, and becomes self-aware.
The Soldieris the second book in the series. Thankful
Strother spent four years in the United States Air Force. He was stationed in Germany where he learned to speak German, met
his future wife and traveled throughout Europe.
The Adultis the third book in the series. Thankful returns
home from Germany.
He settles in Detroit,
gets married, starts a family and buys their first house. He goes to work in
the automotive industry, learns to program computers, enters the corporate
world and becomes a successful real estate investor.