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James D. McCallister

Let the Glory Pass Away

An aging Southern novelist struggling to find a new story to tell. A forty-something singer-songwriter still dreaming of the big break that never quite came. A legendary rock superstar who despises fame forced to endure a very public honor from his hometown. Three troubled, creative souls, each searching for a fresh success that remains elusive—and if they do discover newfound validation, will they even want it?

Both a love song celebrating the South's rich arts heritage as well as a literary rebuke of the failure to recognize the danger inherent in glorifying an equally troubled cultural history, Let The Glory Pass Away explores with humor and pathos the lives of artists who echo the flaws of their community.

By the time a romantic triangle begins to develop among the principals, the stakes take on a dimension of heartbreak that makes the writing of books and singing of songs seem insignificant indeed. James D. McCallister (King's Highway, Fellow Traveler), presents a weary, bemused narrator surrounded by characters grappling with tragedies past and present, each burgeoning with promise that can only blossom when, and if, they allow questionable glories to pass away.
343 printed pages
Original publication
2017

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