We find ourselves living in an age of religious and racial animosity. Personal freedoms are being curtailed in the name of homeland security while the Democrats and Republicans in Washington battle their way into political gridlock. As the endless wars against terrorism threaten to break the economy, America will elect a new leader.
Conservative Christian candidate Matthew Winslow Dobbs captures the presidency on a platform of patriotism and faith. Implementing God's revealed plan, and in the name of homeland security, Dobbs proposes a single constitutional amendment.
Soon, blue-collar suburbanite John Kolzig finds himself living in an America he hardly recognizes, a place where the Ten Commandments override the Bill of Rights. Charlie Flynn is the local block deacon, patroling John's neighborhood, reporting foreigners, liberals and other sinners. Kolzig's church attendance is recorded, the cable TV knows when he's home, his e-mail is being monitored, and they're burning Shakespeare's plays in the church parking lot up the street.
John seeks refuge in the local speakeasy, drinking illegal homebrew, embittered and lonely, until he falls helplessly in love. But sleeping with someone else's wife is a felony now, and John Kolzig just crossed that line.
Burning Books On Fenwick Street found its inspiration in the rise of the religious right, starting as an unfinished short story called Fenwick Street. Soon after the Oklahoma City bombing, Dravis re-read William Pierce's apocalyptic novel of race-war The Turner Diaries, the same infamous book that was found in Timothy McVeigh's getaway car. Inspired, Dravis expanded upon his original story, writing a counterpoint novel of an America where the White militias have won their revolution with the help of a sympathetic president.
Dark and disturbing, Burning Books on Fenwick Street, visits a nation whose people have succumbed to their darkest fears and prejudices, surrendering their freedom in exchange for a little security. In this prophetic novel of love, persecution, escape and revenge, John Kolzig disappears into a modern Underground Railroad with his best friends and the woman he loves. Led by a most unexpected guide, the refugees cross a bleak American landscape of suspicion and deceit, pursued by the border patrol, the police, and by an envious man who wants to see John dead.
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