My Father's Shadow

My Father's Shadow

by Myles Hopper

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Overview

A little boy with hair the color red-his scarlet letter-and family secrets to be disclosed only decades later. A man late in life confronted with looming mortality. These are the bookends of My Father's Shadow, a narrative nonfiction collection of timely stories with universal themes that are heartwarming, painful, distressing, humorous.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781645381174
Publisher: Orange Hat Publishing
Publication date: 07/28/2020
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 587,450
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Myles Hopper is a cultural anthropologist who has lived in Israel and the Canadian Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, among his other travels. His writing has appeared in the anthology Family Stories from the Attic, the Jewish Literary Journal, Creative Wisconsin Anthology, and the anthology Friendship. He has read his work in numerous venues, including as a guest essayist on Milwaukee NPR, and as a cast member of the Listen to Your Mother show. Before becoming a full-time writer, he enjoyed a never-boring career in academia, nonprofits, state government, and private business. He and his wife live in Shorewood, Wisconsin, where, on many days they can be seen together walking the bluff above Lake Michigan.

Table of Contents

PREFACE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . i

PART I – THE COLOR RED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

PART II – LEGACY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

Just Another Ritual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

The Other Side of the Screen Door . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

Pulling Down the Dark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

Arena . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

PART III – SURVIVING UNEMPLOYMENT . . . . . . . 107

The Fortune Cookie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109

Robin Hood in the Coffee Office . . . . . . . . . . . . 112

The Retaining Wall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121

An Unexpected Intimacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131



PART IV – THE OTHER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137

Leo’s Gift . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139

Lessons From My Father . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148

As Elementary as Black and White . . . . . . . . . . . 157

Vietman at 20,000 Feet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166

Exodus Redux . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173

More Than a Cup of Coffee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182

Searching for the Ancestral Church . . . . . . . . . . . 192

PART V – UNANSWERABLE QUESTIONS . . . . . . . . 199

But One Mournful Chord . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201

Sweet Blintzes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 212

Remembering Ken Kesey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222

Life and Death on the Island . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230

Gifts That Keep on Giving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235

The Last Football Game . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241

And Then There Were Three . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 267

PART VI – IN SILENCE, I LISTENED . . . . . . . . . . . . . 277

AFTERWORD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 285

A CONVERSATION WITH THE AUTHOR . . . . . . . . 287

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 297

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