These three works, considered by many to be the author's finest short stories, tell of childhood encounters with his estranged father, the school bully, and an eccentric old maid cousin. A Christmas Memory is also avaliable on video.
In 1998, Frank Schaeffer was a successful novelist living in "Volvo-driving, higher-education worshipping" Massachusetts with two children graduated from top universities. Then his youngest child, straight out of high school, joined the U.S. Marine Corps. Written in alternating voices by eighteen-year-old John and his father, Frank, Keeping Faith takes readers in riveting fashion through a family’s experience of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Phaedrus, our narrator, takes a present-tense cross-country motorcycle trip with his son during which the maintenance of the motorcycle becomes an illustration of how we can unify the cold, rational realm of technology with the warm, imaginative realm of artistry. As in Zen, the trick is to become one with the activity, to engage in it fully, to see and appreciate all details--be it hiking in the woods, penning an essay, or tightening the chain on a motorcycle.
When World War II comes to San Diego, eleven-year-old Foster must say good-bye to his big brother who is going to fight one kind of war while Foster remains behind to face his father's rage and try to help the war effort as best he can.