The Turbulent 1960s are Brought to Life in New Novel

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Philip Michaels’ “No Fortunate Son” offers readers a tale of true love lost and found across time

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In his new novel “No Fortunate Son” (published by iUniverse), author Philip Michaels mines his own life for material as he tells the story of a successful lawyer, returning to Boston, discovering the love he lost in his youth and the dark secret that drove them apart.

At Harvard summer school in 1968, Patrick Golden, a working-class Berkeley student of Irish and Jewish ancestry falls in love with Morgan Thackeray, an upper-class Mayflower descendant. Defying her elitist and bigoted father’s dictates, free-spirited Morgan begins a romance with Patrick that ends in 1970. More than 40 years later, Patrick, now a wealthy, retired lawyer, returns to Boston, and, with shocking results, reunites with Morgan at the funeral of a mutual friend.

An excerpt from “No Fortunate Son”:

Patrick settled into his leather first-class seat, sipped coffee, and tried futilely to concentrate on the newspaper rather than on Morgan. What is it she needs to tell me? Will I finally learn the truth? Just how awkward is it going to be to see her after forty-one years have passed? Outside the window, far below, Lake Tahoe was inching toward him, and it made him think back to the first time he’d seen the lake from the air, back in 1968. How many flights ago was that? Maybe a thousand flights? Indeed, over the course of his lifetime, he had flown well over a million miles, but this flight seemed different. This flight, with each elapsing second and each passing mile, was bringing him back to a past he could neither forget nor escape.

Michaels believes his story will resonate with readers of many generations. “There are millions of Baby Boomers, recently retired,” Michaels says, “reflecting, as does Patrick Golden, on what they’ve accomplished, and on what they intend to do with the rest of their lives. It makes the reader focus on what things are, after all is said and done, important.”

About the Author
Philip Michaels writes about what he knows – San Francisco, Berkeley, and Harvard during the vibrant and chaotic late 1960s. Before taking an early retirement to focus on writing, he was an executive for a major financial services firm in San Francisco, where he still resides with his wife. They have two grown children, three cats, and a dog.

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