Set in January and February 1968, Unopened Letters
from Dead Men is the story of a father and his two sons struggling to cope with
their lives a year after the family matriarch was killed in an accident. Al
Jr., the eldest son, enlisted in the Army after his father blamed him for the
accident. The youngest son, Billy, is the best player on the varsity basketball
team, and he has struggled with maintaining his enthusiasm to play. Their
father is struggling with his daily functioning, and everyone appears to notice
but him. After a game in which Billy sacrifices his scoring for the team, his
father attacks him, forcing Billy to seek out his brother for sanctuary. He
finds his brother an alcoholic with his left hand amputated, and he resolves to
bring the family together. But his optimism falters as he discovers it isn’t
enough to change the family’s fractured structure.
Jeff Regan has worked in the mental health field
for over 20 years in various capacities. He was inspired to write this novel by
many of the conflicts he has seen that have led to many unresolved rifts and fractured
relationships. This story is a dedication to those he hopes have found peace
with one another in the great beyond. He currently works as a community mental health
worker in Logansport, Indiana.
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