Justice, A Two Sons Diptych

by Susan Ector Ward

Literary Fiction in Free Verse

 “…compelling, and engaging.
You manage to capture the reader’s emotions,
and make them want to finish the stories.
…clever analogy … very thought provoking … intellectual…

Linda and Bob Harrington, authors of
A Testimony for Earth and other titles including The Soul Solution
Book Cover Front       Innocence, unbridled passion, betrayal, hurt, and healing are all here in straightforward simplicity driving the diptych into deep contrasts. Rich imagery with dynamic rhythm and intense passions bring the reader to shocking conclusions.
I am saying that justice can never be satisfied by suffering.
-George MacDonald

Short and different, this book will fit into your schedule for a quick read with a thoughtful social challenge.

Social controversy stirred by Justice, A Two Sons Diptych is sure to be intense and enduring.

The theological challenge is unsettling. Must justice always balance crime with punishment? 

Challenges  a classic concept of justice  

The shift elevates principles of empathy and reform above the rule of retribution and punishment.

The father embodies the justice system in each story while the son plays out the effect of each system.

Justice, A Two Sons Diptych will stimulate deep and disconcerting deliberation long after the reader finishes.

Part I: Anatoly Petrovich

Set in Post-Stalinist USSR: Anatoly’s wife Anya’s extra-marital affair has inadvertently caused Anatoly’s arrest and ten year imprisonment.

“Anastasia answered the door of the attic apartment wearing a ragged robe,
her hair falling down on one side.”
The story opens with a visit from Anya’s brother Mikhail. 

Part II: Caesar Emeritus 

Set in a fictional, isolated medieval city-state

“Caesar Emeritus was a reasonable man, his plans and precautions immaculate. Peace and good order ruled in the city under his wise and benevolent hand.”
The reader soon learns the contrary. 

Nearly every art form uses diptychs.

The contrast I sought for my meditation on justice seemed best expressed in a literary diptych, as described in the excerpt below.

“The diptych can’t escape this rule of three, and perhaps this is also part of its power.
Just as the triptych is secretly a portrait, the diptych is, in a sense, a triptych. In our hunger for three,
the two panels of the diptych begin an investigation that must continue in the viewer,
whose mind becomes the third, middle, focal panel. The transaction is silent,
but the viewer receives responsibility in the investigation. The viewer is needed.
The viewer completes the diptych. The viewer of the diptych becomes maker.”
The American Reader, http://theamericanreader.com/regarding-diptychs/

Justice, A Two Sons Diptych is Literary Fiction.

“Literary Fiction must comment on something significant,
such as social or political issues, or the human condition.”
In this case Justice is the issue considered.

        The two stories it contains draw attention to the sharp contrast within our concept of Justice.
In thinking back and forth between the two stories, the reader begins to ask, “What is Justice?”
The diptych uses the son in each part to reveal the nature of the father, who is the justice system of each.

This contemplation of Justice is very important as our world develops a global culture.

             Justice, A Two Sons Diptych is available in paperback and e-book at Amazon.com.
An AudioBook masterfully narrated by Rob Goll will be out SOON!

Author’s Apologia for Justice, A Two Sons Diptych