MY FATHER'S CABIN: A TALE OF LIFE, LOVE, LOSS, AND LAND
Author: Mark Phillips
Publisher: NATIONAL BOOK NETWORK, Dec 2004
From a remarkable new voice with perfect pitch, a beautiful song about a boy & his father & about a time & a place. Captures America in the turbulent 1960s, an era that continues to define the largest generation in American history. 6x9 inches, 240 pgs.
From a remarkable new voice with perfect pitch, a beautiful song about a boy and his father and about a time and a place.
In the Allegheny Rust Belt of the 1960s, a blue-collar father works double-shifts, chasing elusive dreams: a good night?s sleep, eternal life, a cabin in the woods where he can hunt and fish. His son is a child of the times, chasing his own elusive dreams: girls, long hair, politics, independence. And both chase the same unattainable dream: each other?s love.
This is a familiar story uniquely told, in a heart-wrenching voice that perfectly captures America at its most turbulent, an era that continues to define the largest generation in American history. Those Baby Boomer children are now parents?even grandparents?who have not forgotten what it was like to have the freedom to do anything, but often the desire to do nothing. My Father?s Cabin chronicles America as the Greatest Generation gives way to the Me Decade, as responsibility gives way to self-fulfillment. And then back again, as responsibility becomes self-fulfillment.
Echoing this story?this story of one family, but also of a whole nation?is the saga of the land: of man?s conquest of nature, then a return to the wild, then a new type of conquest. In flashbacks that stretch for centuries, Mark Phillips re-creates the remarkable cycle of birth, death, and rebirth that is this nation?s biography.
And through it all is My Father?s Cabin: a cabin that began as a working man?s dream; a cabin that both divided and united a family; a cabin where the smog and labor of the factory were replaced by the country?s pure springs, by fishing and hunting; a cabin where man and nature finally come to a compromise.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mark Phillips grew up in Pendleton, in western New York. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Salon, Saturday Review, and many others, and he is the recipient of a grant from the Vogelstein Foundation. Mark is also a beekeeper and occasional maple-syrup producer. He lives with his wife and children in Cuba, New York, in his father?s cabin.