A new literary voice emerges every so often that is spiritually uplifting without the charade of self-righteous platitudes.
Alan D. Busch's Between Fathers and Sons is a must read for all who wish to explore the sacred space between a father and his son.
Wedding ethical and moral lessons from his Jewish upbringing to his father's auto-biographical eight-week narrative, the author has crafted an anthology of stories about growing up together WITHOUT his father that speaks to fathers and sons, parents and children from every walk of life.
The author's Jewish point of reference is quietly instructive, allowing his text to inform every reader in language carefully chosen for its clarity and poetic expressiveness. His graceful way of writing invites the reader in with a kind of tenderness, truthfulness and a son's humility before the father who has parented him in marriage and divorce.
Between Fathers and Sons is a convincing proof that the Fifth Commandment, to honor one's father and mother, is a well-designed bridge to the next generation. After all, remember who the structural engineer was.
The author's attentiveness to his father's person and legacy during the last months of his life will tickle and sting the reader evoking both smiles (perhaps a chuckle now and then) and tears.
Alan's dad, Dr. Albert I. Busch, died on October 18, 2008 but not before teaching his son to distinguish between the crooked and straight.
Masterful in addressing the human condition, Alan Busch enables his reader to do the right thing by means of his poetic and poignant way of experiencing the world.