By Robert Kerr '40
October 1, 2003
In Destiny's Bequests
by Robert Kerr '40, genes will out. The seminal event is passionate lovemaking after a heated argument. Destiny steps in, and a chain of circumstances begins with a beloved wife's death in giving birth to twins. One twin, stolen and left as a foundling, is picked up by a young Italian matron in a church. Illegally adopted, he grows up among sisters, the adored son of an extended family headed by a war hero with mob connections. The other twin lives with his bereft father, who blames himself and the twins for the death of his wife. Expelled from school, and a runaway, he is taken in by his uncle and grows up on a working ranch in Wyoming with his two cousins, his fiercely loving aunt, and an old man who once saved the life of Gov. Franklin Roosevelt.
This heartwarming story of family and friendship, courage and tenderness, and the hard and sometimes bitter struggle for truth, twists in intricate paths toward a resolution that gives new meaning to the phrase separated at birth, and puts a smile on Destiny's face.
(As described on Amazon.com.)