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Shotgun Preacher

fiction, 2016

If you enjoyed Pope Francis describe "Capitalism as Dung of the Devil" you will love reading Tom Morgan's Shotgun Preacher... A celebrated Lefty from the region of Debs and Dreiser barely escapes Indiana prison for subversives in the sixties to finish graduate school in the seventies - employment denied by all state and corporate entities except the Roman Catholic Church.

A zealot's compromise with Rome in good historic company with Christ's early followers, he thought until the culture wars began. Expectations that black community militancy would lead the proletariat deferred locum tenens to liberal hysteria and gender politics demeaning fatherhood in so-called sexual liberation. He went country. Back to the land."


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" ... A family farm to raise his children away from the fragmented dying culture. Spousal affection toward him as dashing revolutionary turned cold seeing him as rigid traditionalist. Compounded polarization in church. Previous social justice issues turn dysphoric in the divorce epidemic. Auto collision; wife children and protagonist, thrown through windshield. Divorce papers and job termination notice served him in traction in hospital. Advised the only way a father in 1980's Indiana could win custody of his children was to be a Methodist Minister. He became one accordingly. The convergent chaos of characters and culture formations toward his ministry would be radically understated as "a disturbance in Church."

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‘Thomas G. Morgan’s “Glimpses” defies categorization and presses readers to reconsider nearly every way they are led by the shifting sway of media to believe is politically correct and incorrect.’

Glimpes Advance Review

Glimpses

fiction, 2016

Akin to Thomas Hardy stories of the Dorset countryside - timely to his place and ours - Thomas Morgan's Indiana stories synchronize a sense of country place apposite and applicable to our time... "Tom Morgan displays venerable literary skills; attentiveness to detail, alertness to context and a hunger for larger meaning"

"The literary equivalent of preternatural bat-like sonar that senses how to address readers in a voice possessing both immediacy and retrospective wisdom" ..".an unrepentant 1960s revolutionary sympathetic to Trotsky and Castro, yet genuinely religious" [making "A Conservative Case for Communism" p. 548] ..".Astonishingly well-read, he structures his reminiscences and meditations as a series of vignettes that add up to taut scenes from a Mid-westerner's life in the mid-20th and early 21st centuries - some occurring in Europe, Mexico and California."


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" ... "The job of Morgan's writing is not to act as a reflecting mirror of his experience, but as a lens through which we catch views of an alternately baffling, exasperating and mesmerizing search for some fixity by which to oppose the chaos of daily living. What remains instead is the spiritually intense presence of the author. Morgan has become the kind of character you think about long after you finish this book." Alan M. Wald: Chandler Davis Professor of Literature, University of Michigan. Author of trilogy, Exiles from a Future Time, Trinity of Passion and American Night... Rare is the writing that defies categorization - rarer still when it presses readers to reconsider nearly every way they are led by the shifting sway of media to believe is politically correct and incorrect. Tom Morgan shoots through cliches and quick sound bites about liberal and conservative, left and right and offers instead a fresh, honest and provocative account of a life that has turned both socialist commitments and animal husbandry into a daily practice of caring. John Maraldo, Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, University of North Florida.""

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