All Helen's Childrenby Michael B. Barker
This is the story of a half-German, Half-Irish middle class family, some of them first generation immigrants, coping with tragic sudden death in a pre silicone San Francisco Bay Area. Like the mighty tides pounding through the Golden Gate, the lives of these family members ebb and flow through generations. The narrative is seen through the eyes of a young student… See more details below
This is the story of a half-German, Half-Irish middle class family, some of them first generation immigrants, coping with tragic sudden death in a pre silicone San Francisco Bay Area. Like the mighty tides pounding through the Golden Gate, the lives of these family members ebb and flow through generations. The narrative is seen through the eyes of a young student architect who suddenly becomes responsible for five orphans. The saga depicts the sharp edges of Old World social and religious bigotries being worn down in the great American melting pot. The orphans grow into amazingly successful adults as the old generation cycles into the great beyond.
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This book offers a candid, detailed portrait of young adulthood in the 1950's and 1960's from an author with a gifted eye for detail and the telling moment. Barely a grown-up himself, Michael Barker finds himself in a position of responsibility for a small gang of young half- siblings left behind after their mother dies of cancer. Barker does his best to bridge the gap for his siblings, who are in shock at the loss of their lively mother and at risk due to the absence of their emotionally remote father. In many ways, the family grows up together, redefining their sense of family and their relationships to themselves, as well as one another. Barker has a unique voice, blending light meditatons on everything from a treasured classic car to earning his stripes as a young architect with more poignant remembrances of the journey he took from carefree, self- absorbed college student to fully grown, nurturing brother, father, friend, man. We'll be watching out for Volume III of this interesting journey!
THIS IS THE 2ND BOOK ABOUT THE AUTHORS GROWING UP IN CALIFORNIA BUT DEALS WITH THE RESPONSIBILTIES THRUST UPON HIM BY HIS MOTHERS EARLY DEMISE IT IS TOLD WITH WIT AND WISDOM THAT HE HAS GAINED THROUGH FAMILY RESPOSIBILITIES AND THE INTERACTION WITH LIFES UNCERTANTIES. THOUGH OUT, HIS WRITING CLEARLY SHOWS THE DEPTH OF CHARACTER HE DEVELOPED DUE IN PART TO THE SOLUTIONS DEVELOPED TO RESOLVE THE PROBLEMS LIFES CIRCUMSTANCES PUT IN HIS WAY.
Michael invites the reader into his 65 years of growing up & growing values in a very readable and enjoyable way. What seems important to Michael is making us realize that teaching values from one generation to the next is really a lifestyle. Michael builds backrounds using real life events to establish how interesting problems and solutions are dealt with. He has an amazing memory of detail,events and relationships,told in a thoughtful,humorous,devoted way. His creative ways of dealing with lifes problems are all traced back to the extended family,which to a major extent are mostly lost in this highly mobile far flung society.