If I Remember Him
Louis Flint Ceci, author
After the town of Croy, Oklahoma, is almost completely destroyed by a tornado, its leading citizen, Lerner Alquist, vows to build a library as a memorial to his wife, who was lost in the storm. It takes seventeen years, but in 1952 the project is finally nearing completion. As a crowning ornament, Alquist commissions a sculpture for the entrance. But his own racism and the town's racial, religious, and sexual fault lines threaten to undermine the one symbol that might unite them all. Passions, politics, and personal disasters explode as the sculpture is unveiled, and the lives of many in the town will never be the same.