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Thirty years after his stint as a student at the University of Wisconsin in the late sixties, a series of events forces Dubuque stockbroker Brace Abbott to confront his past and the act of civil disobedience that changes his life forever. When his mentor and former professor Jesse Roeder Moran becomes terminally ill, Brace finds himself caught up in a web of conflicting loyalties, among them friendship and the claims to his affections by three generations of Roeder women. The would-be terrorist Lekowski Abbott's college roommate holds out a moral high-road of confrontation and violence; Jesse Moran, the life of the mind. Her daughter, Aggie, chooses independence from conventional attachments. For Brace, salvation lies in work, or so he believes until an act of what was intended as belated retribution frees him to question the sterile existence he has carved out for himself. It is in facing the reality of death not in control or ideology--that life becomes truest for these characters who have spent their lives making sense of the Vietnam era experiences that shaped them all. The novel raises powerful issues of guilt and redemption, of meaning and responsibility, and of the transforming power of relationships and forgiveness: laying to rest the sins of omission or things left undone which make life less than intended. qThe characters sizzle with life, q one reviewer says. qI couldn't put it down.qObviously ita#39;s the billiard room.aquot; I imposingly grandiose, with three English billiard tables, racks for the balls and cues, spittoons, raised viewing platforms and, a complete wet bar. aquot;I remember my father and grandfather having many socialanbsp;...

Author: Synthia R. Jackson
Publisher:AuthorHouse - 2008-11

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