|Legends Of Glory|
Feature by Willard Manus
and prolific writer Harry Mark Petrakis has just published his 21st book,
LEGENDS OF GLORY AND OTHER STORIES (Southern Illinois University Press).
The volume contains eight new stories by the author, plus a novella, Legends
of Glory, which deals with the impact of a young soldier's death in Iraq
on his midwest family. It's a powerful tale, one which expresses Petrakis'
anger at the way the war has damaged Americans, not just physically but
spiritually. Petrakis paints a vivid picture of a husband and wife trying
to cope with their remorse and grief after learning that their only son,
Noah, has been killed in action. The loss is overwhelming and almost wrecks
their marriage, but eventually they manage to find the strength, courage
and love to survive. The novella is moving in a profound and human way.