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What is the fate of America and each of us as individuals? The Father: America Leaves the American Century addresses this vital question through four generations of the Whitaker family and their witness to the evolution of modernity. Amongst modesty of private lives in 1926 rural America, John Whitaker is born to a conflation of events, signifying paths crossed by this world with another. Conflicts in John's family express widening chasms between changing views, from belonging to autonomy, religious belief to skepticism, self-sacrifice to self-indulgence. Eventually, John has a son of his own; Morgan. Morgan arrives in a materialistic world of public lives, captivated by potentials for fame during America's ascendancy. Morgan also absorbs social movements against authority to wage combat with his father John as America abandons reason to become ever more dogmatic. Realizing battles with his father were impersonations of contemporary fashion, history will not be rectified as John is dead. Since Morgan cannot correct the past, he sets out to fix the future in a fistfight with society. Failing to change the world, Morgan spends his last dollar on an adventure to the Yucatan, where fate provides a woman, commencing the love story of his life. Morgan tries to inoculate their son against the ills of humanity with the wonders of nature, but Morgan's son finds hope in the human race. Convinced he's found redemption for civilization, Morgan's son takes his message to a greater audience than his father, navigating a second Axial Age, fiercely attacked by Morgan on a global stage during The Great Upheaval of 2057.
About the Author
Brett Williams spent his career as a physicist in electrical engineering and applied research in Dallas, Houston, and Southern California. He is a landscape and wildlife oil painter, and frequent backcountry hiker. He left physics to focus on writing, painting, and travel. The Father is his debut novel. More about Williams, his books, and blog concerning political philosophy, science, religion, and current events can be found at TheFatherTrilogy.com or Goodreads.com.