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Jake was the ultimate big brother: cool, suave with the girls, tough, and a Vietnam veteran. Peter, the younger brother, was always the “good kid,” eventually becoming a monk at St. John’s Abbey. But they came of age on the North Dakota plains at a time when sex, drugs, and rock & roll blasted onto the prairie. Thirty years later, neither brother can escape his past.
|Publisher:||North Star Press of Saint Cloud|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)|
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“Paul Legler's Song of Destiny is a wise knitting of a stoic family's troubling disintegration and penitent redemption in the starkest of places and darkest of times. Revealed with a compassionate eye and generous hand, Legler's prose will guide you through the coldest of Dakota snows.” --Nicole Helget, author of The Turtle Catcher
“In Song of Destiny, Paul Legler vividly captures the harshness and beauty of the Great Plains and of the lives of two brothers shaped by it.” --James Corcoran, author of Bitter Harvest
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A beautifully written book about life on the plains during a turbulent period of time.
From the first sentence, "My grandfather used to say that the dust of the plains settles into your flesh and bones and stays with you the rest of your life," this books shines with a compassion for humanity. The older brother goes off to war and has some horrific experiences. When he returns, he is a changed man and his family does not know how to deal with him. He leads a wild life and eventually commits a bank robbery. The novel's narrator is the younger brother who is propelled into life in a monastery by a series of events starting in his childhood and linked to his older brother. Over the course of the story, we learn why the two brothers take such different routes in life. Remarkably, the book manages to create empathy for both brothers and for the women who enter their lives as the story progresses. The novel's prose is beautifully crafted. The author effectively uses foreshadowing to keep the reader turning pages. But this is also a serious book that is multi-layered. It raises provoking questions about free will, destiny, and the existence of God. It would be a great book to discuss in a book club.