Addressing the age-old problem of individual moral responsibility, author Michael Sorbonne Robinson, Sr. explores the mind of a fatherless teen boy, who watches helplessly as his childhood community descends into moral ruin, ending up, literally, as the smoking remains of a once-thriving town.
Robinson’s voice is the young Billy Potter, who struggles in his own challenges of dealing with the loss of his father, the apparent duplicities of his mother, the clash of religious piety and scientific learning, and his own uncharted transition from boyhood to manhood.
Michael Sorbonne Robinson, Sr. did his graduate and postgraduate university studies in Journalism. An extensive world traveler with boundless curiosity for new adventures, his works show a broad appreciation for the "big picture." Father to five grown children and one mongrel dog, he resides with his wife Carol in Utah.
Despite her religious rantings, which often verged on the fanatical, Billy is forced to see his mother as what she really is--a human being who has been deprived of the love in her life...
The Failure of Fish
Merriman was gasping as if in pain, and I assumed from his very devout-sounding “Oh, God” that he was at least as religious as my mother. Two distinctly different phenomena came over me at the exact same time. I could feel the rhythmic punctuation of my heartbeat, flushing my face with instant rouge, and, at the same time, I could feel the color of cheer being drained from my whole being.