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 Miles Alexander, son of an Alabama sharecropper, is a successful business and entertainment lawyer with interests as distant as Costa Rica, where—much to his law partners’ dismay—he is about to acquire a local restaurant chain from the notorious coffee baron, Humberto Cabrera, one of the wealthiest and most mysterious dons of Central America. Miles’ success however has distanced him from his roots, altered his belief system, his political views, and the values that shaped him. Fearing Miles will suffer the same fate as his grandfather, who was crippled at about Miles’ age, Mary Rose Alexander, the Dove, through a series of transpersonal (quantum) exchanges with Miles while he’s in Costa Rica, draws him back to Ohio, where upon his arrival she suffers a disabling stroke that marks the beginning of a long and sometimes painful journey, during which time, in the afterglow of his Mother’s Light, Miles’ rediscovers what is truly pleasing to his soul, revealed to him in his hometown, where he is forced to confront issues of race prejudice, poverty and hopelessness, that are part of Lessons of Home. Can he get beyond the sudden and jarring rift with his white law partner, the antagonist Reid Lowell? Can he rise above temptation and unbridled materialism, and embrace compassion and community over competition and individualism? Or will he return to his old ways and suffer the fate his mother is all too aware of?


Reid Milbank Lowell, scion of wealthy planters from Georgia, finds that his financial and lifestyle interests in the continued success of the law firm, Alexander, Seasongood & Lowell, far outweigh Miles’ personal interests, leading to a conflict between the two men that is nothing less than a clash of cultures. The law firm, and its representation of rappers and others antithetical to Reid’s antebellum roots, has led Reid to stray from the path his fathers would have him follow. Will he continue along the same path and suffer the same fate as the mythical Narcissus in a classic case of Death by Envy? Or will he change in time to avoid a painful ending and the wrath of his ancestors?

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