Two strangers from opposite sides of the globe, both at a crossroads in their lives, meet in Rome. They could hardly be more different, so why do they feel so connected?
A young black man, Charlie Freeman (from Whatever Happened to Mourning Free?) has just graduated from the University of Michigan and Charlene, the white woman who has given him a home, has big plans for him. She believes he could become a true leader, following in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
But her plans have little to do with the future he envisions for himself. What better place for a student of art and architecture to take time for reflection than the open air museum called Rome? There he meets Gavrielle Rozmann (daughter of Ilana Rozmann from The Lonely Tree).
Gavrielle is on leave from a career in the Israeli army, after suffering personal loss and the general trauma of the Yom Kippur War – and the horrific terror attacks that followed it.
She is also seeking temporary respite from a personal crisis. Should she get on a plane for Florida? Born an orphan, she has received information that a man there might be able to help her find the father she has never known.
These two strangers – who seem to have absolutely nothing in common – discover they share a basic reality that other people may find difficult to understand. The Summer of 1974 draws you into the lives of believable, well-developed characters. You quickly come to care about these people, even when you don’t approve of their actions. Though set in a specific historical/political context, this book is about personal relationships – love, friendship, and family.