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This highly thought-provoking, sometimes amusing and always life-affirming novel illustrates one family's experiences with America's criminal justice system. As Penelope searches for the truth about her father, she rattles the skeletons in her family's closet and shakes up the complacency of her community, which has tried to sweep the past under the rug. With both perception and compassion, the author creates a colorful cast of characters while challenging the wisdom of imprisoning the mentally ill.
"What happens when your quiet life is disrupted by tragedy? What happens when your day-to-day busy-ness is disrupted by eternity? As one of the characters in this tale says, "The unforeseen has a way of happening." But what then? What happens when your faith really has to matter? This lovely story will pull you in and will not let you go. But it will surprise you. So will life."- Dale Ahlquist, President, American G. K. Chesterton Society
"Everywhere in Chains is a moving story that shows us how the everyday life of an ordinary person can be so very complex and meaningful. It reveals how failing to love only causes pain to ourselves and others, and how being open to charity and love redeems us. Beautifully and poignantly written, the frosty beauty of the Lake Superior landscape still haunts me, long after putting the book down."- Ann Lewis, Author, Murder in the Vatican: The Church Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes
James Casper spent his childhood in a rural Minnesota setting much like the one in this novel. With a master's degree from St. Louis University, he taught English at Bemidji State University and philosophy at Central Lakes College. He also taught extension courses throughout northwestern Minnesota, and for a time served as director of adult education on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. He resides with his wife in Middlesex,England.