“The Thanksgiving Trilogy,” by Bill Broder, presents a portrait of the human and historical dilemmas of our country during the last fifty years -- a half century of public and private moral ambivalence. In three novels, Broder follows a group of friends who left their blood families in the East and formed close relationships in the San Francisco Bay Area—a family formed in exile. The annual reunion of this “family” takes place at Thanksgiving dinners. Crimes of Innocence; Esau’s Mountain; and What Rough Beast?, each complete in itself, explore significant aspects of California: a vision of possibilities, a sense of exile and mobility, and a respect for the past—aspects that have contributed greatly to the development of American culture as a whole in the last fifty years.
Bill Broder has published three works of fiction: The Sacred Hoop, Remember This Time, and Taking Care of Cleo, which was chosen as a Michigan Notable Book by Michigan’s Library Foundation. Broder has also completed a memoir, A Prayer for the Departed, and a number of full-length plays. Two of his plays were chosen for readings at two annual California Studies Conferences. Professionally, Broder has worked extensively as a free-lance writer, specializing in the writing, design, and production of educational materials for museums, schools, exhibitions, and publishing companies. He and his wife have lived in Sausalito for fifty years.
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