by Max C. Norton
The Alice Saga, Volume II: Nineteen Thirty-three, The Forgotten Man Chronicles returns to the saga of Bob and Alice Norton, who, looking for a new start in the wake of the great farm depression of the 1920s, have settled in the Great Central Valley town of Modesto, California.
The burning of the Norton’s home at the site of the great Don Pedro Dam brought personal hardship and disruption to the families of Bob and Alice and their closest relatives, John and Jennie. Volume Two of Norton’s trilogy embraces their struggle to survive as a family amid a society rocked by continuing depression and the rising threat of totalitarianism in Europe. With compelling historical accuracy, Norton portrays the struggles of the poor and displaced in the period leading up to the collapse of the world economy.
Epitomized by the closing quote from Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Forgotten Man Address, reminding a generation without hope that “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” The Alice Saga, Volume II is a richly engaging novel exploring the responses of a changing society in the face of complex new challenges.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Maxwell C. Norton is Professor Emeritus at California State University in Stanislaus. A veteran of World War II, Norton resides in Modesto, California, with his wife.
(2005, paperback, 108 pages)