Bryan Malessa The War Room

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The War Room

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An epic cycling and coming-of-age novel about a young boy's painful relationship with his family and its past, The War Room embarks on a disturbing journey across America and deep into the world of modern competitive cycling and the enormous German influence on American culture.

The War Room centers on a young boy and his increasingly difficult relationship with his father, a German immigrant who grew up in the war. As the boy prods his father over the years to learn more about his deceased grandparents and his father's past, his father becomes both violent and supportive, punishing his son physically while slowly opening up and revealing his past. Through a series of revelations, the son learns not only about his father's family history but also about his taciturn mother's past, a German descendant whose family settled in America generations earlier. Among the broader but not widely known public details he learns is that Germans are the largest ethnic group in the United States. But unlike the Anglos or Irish for example, who freely celebrate their cultures and thus appear larger, Germans disappear almost entirely and dissociate themselves from their ancestral homeland, which through two World Wars stood as the United States' pre-eminent enemy.

As the boy grows and struggles with the painful details of his family's past and his larger ethnic culture, he is faced with the choice of embracing it or rejecting it forever. In the process of trying to reach a conclusion during his teenage years, he is taken by his older brother deep into another world that he had never intended to enter and from which he must fight for his life to free himself, so that he can find his missing father to confront the brutality he inflicted on them.

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Sam is a curious boy growing up in an Ohio Village. Trying to understand his father's seemingly anonymous past, he is confronted with the rarely discussed fact that Germans form the largest ethnic group in America. After recognizing that his father's obsession with the subject is merely a way to avoid facing his own past, Sam delves deeper, with violent results.

As his family slowly disintegrates around him, Sam embarks on a personal odyssey that spans the North American continent, from Mexico to Canada. Venturing deep into the heart of the Old South, onto the great expanse of Colorado and the labyrinth of the US Cycling Team at the Olympic Training Center, Sam finally reaches California, certain the West Coast will solve all his problems...

An epic investigation of America's underbelly, The War Room examines the painful conflicts that arise in exploring one's identity - whether ethnic, national, religious or sexual - and the dramatic consequences of such actions.

About the Author:

Bryan Malessa graduated from UC Berkeley, where his fiction was awarded the Chancellor's and Eisner prizes. He also received a Master of Philosophy from the Oscar Wilde Centre at Trinity College, Dublin for work based on The War Room.

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