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May 5, 2014

The reaction of a moment can have deep roots, and it takes more than one novel to understand one family.

The mistakes of the father can lead to the crippling fears of the son.

My father's father was a textile inspector and an honest man. Too honest for the position he was given, overseeing the textile businesses of half a city. He was fooled by some, wrongfully blamed others, and mismanaged his job. He could have been suspended, but he was shamefully demoted instead. My father's family never recovered from that financially, and my father sees opportunists in the shadows.