Eight books documenting transformative lives yet unknown to historians:
I. Mother, they told me I had no choice.
March 1st 1919, ’s lover, who is also her employer, has had her murdered. Protégé of one of Georgia’s very prominent businessmen, her lover is the Commander of Athens’ most elite secret societies. He uses illegal abortion as the murder method. Governor Hardwick pardons him.
II. Until we meet again.
May 10th 1910, , only 16 years old, secretly marries Frank under the light of Halley’s Comet. The dawning promise of the New Age fades as their talents are yoked to subservience. Lena escapes. She becomes a beloved, though faint, star of travelling vaudeville’s blues and dance.
Sept. 5th 1903, arrives in Athens, Georgia from the Midwest’s cattle-towns. He and his family create Athens' first famous dance band... and so evoke the atmosphere for two generations of the happy few, during a brief belle époque.
July 15th 1917, Lottie purchases an old house on Oconee Street belonging to longtime family friends whose fortunes had dissolved. She reflects upon how her friends had survived wars of adventure. Lottie dies and the house is eventually removed to another site and a history more useful to civic leaders is applied.
Aug 16th 2014, a mysterious personage, as if from a poem by Mallarmé, aids the Plastric family as they prepare to exile themselves from what should be a Europe full of hope. Instead the Union's beginning to crumble.
April 23rd 2018, Nadja, an art student in California, randomly joins an elderly couple’s discussion of Camille Claudel’s romance, which had reached its inhuman climax in 1914. Nadja tells them a horrific secret from her own life that troublingly parallels the couple’s innocent pastime.
July 9th 1970, Dana, 12 years of age, joyously completes, in the style of late post-impressionism, her first plein-air oil painting. It’s of a wooded lot soon to bulldozed for a speculative housing development. 45 years later she'll have been an international systems consultant who had held the belief that business processes integrated across the globe could enable Utopia.
March 15th 2016, Fire ants bite Jamie because, distractedly brooding over the newly elected Mayor’s treacherous acceptance of “good ol’ boy politics as usual”, Jamie had wandered barefooted into their nest.