This week I released A Forgotten Man, the first novel in The Life of Julia series. It’s a story of one father’s heroic struggle to provide for his family, of one mother’s heartbreaking sacrifices, and the tragic unraveling of a young girl’s once-promising future. The novel tells of the unseen impact of the Great Recession on American families and explores the changing relationships between citizens and their government.
It’s available in paperback and ebook from Amazon.
The story follows the Bosarge family — Jack, Donita, and their three-year-old daughter Julia — after environmental regulations force a small town seafood company to close, costing Jack his job and sending his family deeply into debt. As Jack fails to find employment, Donita loses hope and their way of life begins to crumble beneath a society that has forgotten about working class men and women.
The novel was inspired by the controversial political advertisement “The Life of Julia,” by President Barrack Obama’s reelection campaign. The ad showed snapshots of how government programs helped a fictionalized woman named Julia during 12 pivotal years in her life, beginning at age 3 and ending at age 67. My series, however, will tell the rest of her story, showing the complete impact of an increasingly large and powerful central government, and what really happens to Julia and those around her.
So where did I get the title? I consider the character of Julia’s father to a “forgotten man” in our society, a term coined by William Graham Sumner in 1883.
“Now who is the Forgotten Man? He is the simple, honest laborer, ready to earn his living by productive work,” Sumner wrote in a series of essays in Harper’s Weekly. “We pass him by because he is independent, self-supporting, and asks no favors. We do not remember him because he makes no clamor; but I appeal to you whether he is not the man who ought to be remembered first of all.”
I wrote A Forgotten Man as a cautionary tale about what I believe is a “new lost generation” of American families who are beset by debt, burdened by government, and without the hopes and dreams that inspired, fueled, and built the great nation they inherited, but may not be able to sustain.