There�s trouble brewing in America�s heartland. Traditional patriotic values have taken firm root in the community of Cannon, Illinois, and that�s putting it mildly. The citizens unanimously send their sons off to war to kill and die for the greater glory of town and country. But Billy Richcreek knows something is off course with the focus on killing. And he can�t just be dismissed as a nonconformist oddball: Billy is the start athlete on the high school football team, and above all others in his generation, he is the mayor�s hope for a proud symbol of Cannon�s willingness to fight.
When the Vietnam war heats up in the 60s, Billy is faced with a dilemma. Does he keep to himself his reservations about what his town and his country are doing? Or does he risk being called unpatriotic because he speaks his conscience and questions the course of American foreign policy? The stakes are high as Billy stands to lose both his best friend and the woman he loves. The Dead Are Dancing exposes the folly of our devotion as a people to guns and empire.
About the Author
William Lloyd Roller is a native son of Illinois. He has been a stevadore, steel worker, college teacher, mountaineer, family therapist, social scientist, author, and video maker. The Dead Are Dancing is his first novel. He lives in Berkeley, California with his wife Vivian.
|Publisher:||Creative Arts Book Company|
|Product dimensions:||6.08(w) x 8.74(h) x 0.82(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Serious satire, like any serious literature, causes us to re-examine our way of looking at things. Satire is a twisted vision, twisted in such a way that it forces us to see the deeper meaning in things and to make us ask questions about ourselves. THE DEAD ARE DANCING is a shining example. Like Voltaire's Candide, THE DEAD ARE DANCING is wonderfully entertaining, utterly absorbing, and disturbingly violent. The image of America in THE DEAD ARE DANCING is shocking, all the more so because it will gradually dawn on you as you read it that what William Lloyd Roller , beneath the delightful strangeness of his narrative, has uncovered is the sordid and ugly truth of our recent history. And with a visionary's clarity, he warns of an even more ugly and sordid future yet to come. Jim Frey, author Winter of the Wolves and How to Write a Damn Good Novel