Chicago, IL (PressExposure) November 21, 2008 -- William Elliott Hazelgrove's Rocket Man is a novel about a man struggling to be a good father while trying to hang on to his house. Sound familiar. It is a book about what is happening right now. What makes Rocket Man different is it puts a grandfather, father, and nine year old soin all in the same house. Reviewers on Amazon have caught wind of this and pointed to the relevancy of the novel. As Bob Medak points out in his review for Allbooks:
"This is about the generations of a family and sibling differences. How a patriarch can make his son feel like he is twelve again just being around him. A story filled with quirky and funny happenings as D.T. the second is trying to find his part of the American dream and do something for his son as well, in reestablishing a closer bond between father and son. D.T. the second is looking to rebuild a relationship with his son Dale like it used to be when he was younger. Most fathers wish this for their children as they also chase the American dream."
The novel has been making the rounds on the online sites and gathering rave reviews both as a book about the state of the American Dream and a book about generational conflict. It would seem in this time of economic stress, fathers who have been bent on their careers are now stopping to look what they have lost with their family.
"The relationship between father and son has become strained, so Dale has volunteered to be the "Rocket Man" for Dale Jr's Scout troop and he struggles with meeting the deadlines for that. Dale and Wendy find out that Dale, Jr is having major problems at school and Wendy files for divorce. Dale hopes that Rocket Day will salvage his relationship with his son and give him a sense of independence. This book is about being true to yourself and not conforming with what society expects of you. It's a great story about finding yourself." Bermuda Onion Online
With the economy not looking like it is coming back anytime soon, books like Rocket Man are finding an audience by their questioning of long standing values of money and career over family. Maybe it will be the silver lining in a very dark cloud. http://www.billhazelgrove.com