The Garden of what was and Was not
A Fictional Autobiography
When I started writing The Autobiograph of X, only a working title at the time, I was inspired by two world changing events that happened in my own lifetime. The first was the assassination of John Kennedy. That killing erased my generations illusions about the American Dream and opened doors to the counterculture, hippies and a revolution we won without being credited.
The second was the tragedy of September 11th, 2001. I experienced some of it at the scene. I worked just a few blocks from the World Trade Center, felt the first plane collide into the North Tower and watched it burning when the next airliner filled the plaza with an explosion of pink-gray smoke.
My generation stretched deep and long between both events, and I wanted to tell the story of what it was like to be there and at so many stops between.
The Garden of What Was and Was Not began a life of its own when I realized I had too much material for a single book. So, I cut my fictional autobiography into three parts, each rounded out on its own, each complete enough to stand on its own. Traveling Without A Passport came next.
In The Garden, Peter sets the stage with atmosphere about where we were before the Sixties changed everything, before the American Dream got pushed aside. He rides the seesaw between the ideal being lost and a nitty-gritty trying to be born.
The Garden of What Was and Was Not is about taking chances and not being afraid.
Read the first chapter of The Garden of What Was and Was Not by opening the attached PDF