“I had donned a suit of clothing that on most days felt constrictive, a skin to be molted and replaced by a new one ... with a look and comfortable fit that had eluded me. It would happen gradually, not at once as it might elsewhere in the animal kingdom.”
A little boy burdened with hair the color red, his scarlet letter. A man late in life confronted with looming mortality. These are the bookends of a collection of timely stories that explore universal themes. Some are joyous: fatherhood, finding one’s “own skin,” and remembrances of dear friends and family; others can be painful and distressing: childhood trauma, financial distress, racial and religious diversity and prejudice, war and peace, death and dying, and more. My Father’s Shadow, in the broad genre of memoir, consists of carefully selected personal experiences that delve deep into the pain and joy of growing––of life itself.
“Resilience is what matters. That’s what it takes to thrive in a world replete with wild imperfections and an extraordinary array of people and relationships, some nurturing, others much less so.”
About the Author: Myles Hopper is a cultural anthropologist and former faculty member at universities in Canada and the United States, and has lived in the Canadian Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and in Israel. Now a full-time writer, his works have appeared in the anthology Family Stories from the Attic, the Jewish Literary Journal, Creative Wisconsin Anthology, and the anthology Friends: Voices on the Gift of Companionship. He and his wife live in Shorewood, Wisconsin, where, on many days, they can be seen together walking the bluff above Lake Michigan.