Volume One (509 pages) - This epic fact-fiction has been described as 'a pen mightier than prejudice.’ Dawn Bradigan's East meets West ancestors-- Cherokee First Light and Irish Connor Bradigan along with Euro-American pioneers and ex-soldiers-- learn and live the essence of 'Unity in Diversity' or the meshing; rather than the clashing, of those cultures. They leave their descendants a legacy where there is NO racial, religious, age, gender or socio-economic prejudice. They unequivocally conclude that there is profound 'Wisdom from Wounding;’ for they are made better (not bitter) about the centuries of enslavement at the hands of many conquerors.
This tale tantalizes the mind, heart and spirit with myriads of feelings, values and traditions. It is definitely for the reader who is: an unconditional lover of humanity, an adventurer, a seeker of profound wisdom, a realist yet idealist, a believer in eternal love and loyalty, a Nature-lover and a Mother Earth conservationist. It is written for those who appreciate traditions such as: Harvest Ceremony, Manhood Quest, St. Patrick's Day, October Fest, Christmas, 'First Footing' and other cultural traditions.
Limitless life lessons bloom from: The Trail of Tears, the Irish's centuries of conquerors, The Potato Famine , the German's centuries of conquerors, the Filipino's survival despite multi-cultural conquerors and the American colonialists' tenacious pioneer spirits.
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Here you'll find each volume's back cover blurb giving you a quick summary of each volume's tale.
The whole trilogy is 1,964 pages.
Volume Two(655 pages) - Opens in 1864. 'The Sooner State,’ Oklahoma, booms as 50,000 people claim gold- and oil-laden land. It continues to give unique insight into prejudice. Skin color (whether white, brown, yellow, red or black) does not immune anyone from his or her struggle to learn that there is 'unity in diversity.’
As each of the six founders of 'Place of Peace' move to The Upper World – Heaven, they smile with peaceful satisfaction knowing that their descendants will strive to live 'unity in diversity.’ Connor and First Light Bradigan's sons, Eagle Heart Sun Patrick and Robert's Feather embark on their Manhood Quests and Rite of Passages. One son discovers and lives by Dog Medicine or Loyalty. The other son struggles to live by Snake Medicine or learning to achieve Wholeness. The Bradigan's youngest, Eagle Dove makes 'Place of Peace' a haven for descendants of 'The Trail of Tears.’ Connor and First Light's grandson Daniel, finds his way to the Philippines. He is completely enchanted with these Islands and the people. He is a soldier in Dewey's 'One Day Battle' and 'The Boxer Rebellion.’ Another soldier, Jonas Heinrick sees the Filipinos as only 'a means to an end.’
Daniel Bradigan and Angelica fall deeply in-love. Their marriage is for eternity with their wedding in full, festive Filipino tradition including 'The Sanctus,’ 'Yugal' and the 'Unity Candle.’
Their son Daniel Bradigan ('Danny') finds a very special friendship with Constance Heinrick. Their bond grows despite coming from families so opposite in values. The attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7th, 1941 changes everything and everyone. Danny, Constance, other 'half breeds' ('Mestizos') and Americans must cast aside their childhoods and in their early teens they become determined and keen survivors. Bullets, starvation, disease, bigotry and atrocities truly tax their hope to stay physically and emotionally alive.
Myriads of feelings are portrayed by teen-aged Guerrilla (Jungle) Fighters, refugees and soldiers. The 'Bataan 90-mile March;’ powerful nations breaking promises; bigotry; heinous atrocities committed by people of all racial backgrounds and the Atomic Bomb cannot break the war victims' spirits to live by one code: 'There must be Unity in Diversity, for Civilization to reach its highest potential.' Volume II's adventures, lessons and romances, pour into Volume III, which opens in 1949 and closes in 2016.
Volume Three (*about 510 pages covering 1949 - 2018). - In 1949, Danny Bradigan and Constance Heinrick marry and she is not 'the bride in white', nor is he 'the knight in shining armor.’
They desperately need some manuals - 'How to Have a Happy Marriage' and 'How to Raise Kids without Killing them.' As if all that’s not more than enough… Danny and Constance are haunted by WWII. Back in their homeland, the Philippines, Danny was a Guerrilla Fighter (from 13 -17) and Constance was a starving refugee (from 12 -16). Even though they immigrated to America, the nightmares never stopped. But, because of that War, they vowed to pass a ‘gift’ to their children… That is, to never have any racial, religious, age, gender or socio-economic prejudices.
Catherine's conception leaves them a bit shell-shocked.
Then, Rosarita Beach’s wild surf sets them on fire with hot passion. And Dawn Bradigan's birth is their 'Lucky Charm'.
Danny wonders why he can't raise a child like he so easily mixes his 'Scotch 'n water'... A child who is powerfully smart and with a soothing dab of 'save-the-world' attitude. Having Catherine and Dawn keeps Danny forever frazzled with frustration.
Constance, a 'greyhound at the gate', unstoppably races, climbing her career ladder. Her goal is to succeed, as 'the best' and the wealthiest. Housewives of the 1950's/1960's chastise her.
Their Hayward home becomes a 'laboratory' and they each add the parts to 'The Bradigan Family's Atomic Bomb'. Ironically other kids see the Bradigan's home as an 'Oasis' – a place of peace, laughter, acceptance, philosophical talk and Life direction.
For Catherine, 'the World is her oyster.’ Yet, Dawn knows that she's 'not the sharpest tool in the shed'. But how they flourish, as teenagers during The Flower-Power 1960's. How they question a president's assassination & the Vietnam War.
At 35 Dawn ploughs a new 'Road in her Life.’ She and her 9-year-old daughter make Australia their new home. No job, no furnishings and very little money... Dawn lives the song's lyrics: 'Don't mess with the girls out here. It's a wild 'n crazy chick frontier...' She savors rainforests, the 'Outback,’ living simply (but fully)... She passes on that ‘Gift’ given to her by her parents --- to never ever have racial, religious, age, gender or socio-economic prejudices.