You Never Know

You Never Know Book Cover IIThe Christopher Saga Continues

This sequel to Mark My Words begins in 2007 in Minneapolis. It tells the story of Elijah Edwards, current patriarch of the Edwards branch of the Christopher family and first cousin to Allan Beckley Christopher. Eli bears the legacy of a wealthy, powerful African American family with generations of old money.  He has also inherited a “gift”–one that can bring happiness, joy, pain or tragedy randomly.

From his power couple parents, Eli learned the values of family, service, commitment, integrity, work ethics and the responsibility that came with wealth. His is a family that sets standards rather than follows them, and the Edwards family has put their stamp prominently on the community. He knows well the family motto:  “You never know what hand in life you’ll be dealt.”

Will Eli’s “gift,” however, help him or hurt him when he needs it most?

Through his wife of 57 years, his sister, his children, nephews and niece, we will learn of him and the influence he and his “gift” have had on their lives.



“From the profound, prolific pen of W. Foster-Graham–a longtime brother, classmate, bandmate, bass singer, and friend–comes a must-read classic gem, You Never Know.

The scope, breadth, and depth of his work come as no surprise to me! I have shared the stage with W. Foster-Graham since elementary school with Twin Cities Talented Youth at Orchestra Hall, with the Minnesota Orchestra. Even at that early age, he exhibited brilliance and exceptional insight. Those qualities are magnificently manifested in the outstanding craftsmanship of You Never Know.

W. Foster-Graham takes the reader on an intricate, intimate, and intriguing journey through the individual and interactive life experiences of the Edwards branch of the Christopher family. Their story is told through the focus of patriarch Elijah Edwards and yet, W. Foster-Graham’s uniquely engaging style makes the reader feel as though they are experiencing this amazing journey firsthand!

You will be thoroughly fascinated by You Never Know. Do not deprive yourself of this life-changing masterpiece!”

Gary D. Hines

Music Director & Producer, 3-Time Grammy Award-Winning Sounds of Blackness