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Who Are the Colesmiths? An Evocative Story Filled with Wisdom-Archer Anderson

Who Are the Colesmiths? An Evocative Story Filled with Wisdom-Archer Anderson

Product of Culture: “Who are the Colesmiths?” by James Lynch Jr. is a story for anyone who enjoys an intellectual challenge, engaging its readers in the challenge to make connections that reveal the whole picture. It is a story of hope, the realities of life, coping mechanisms, and the cross-generational influence of families.

Who Are the Colesmiths? An Evocative Story Filled with Wisdom-Archer Anderson

Lynch immediately draws readers into the lives of the Colesmiths, introducing them in adolescence and flashing forward to adulthood and back again to adolescence. At the head of the Colesmith clan is Mr. Alvin Colesmith, whose lessons guide his grandchildren and give them solid foundations for forming their decisions as adults, becoming products of their culture. Among other lessons that he offers, involving the world”s diverse composition of people is particularly memorable, imparted in his trademark style; when Mark notices that he treats the bank manager differently, he tells his grandson that like each species of bird has their own unique set of sounds and signals, so do different types of people, and it is important to address them in a way that they understand; “Some crow like a rooster while others cluck like chickens… you do have to be able to understand their sounds or signals and sometimes be able to relate the signals back to them.”

Interwoven into his story are carefully selected musical lyrics, expressions like “ten cent city slicker” and “a drink stronger than lemonade,” and other literary devices that add layers of meaning to his themes, whether Markus is reflecting on a song he once heard or adopting his grandfather’s colloquial expressions. Pearls of wisdom appear throughout the story of the Colesmiths, with such maxims, as “Ignorance is not bliss. It can hurt you in the short and long run.”

 

Lynch’s story is as enlightening as it is entertaining, offering readers a true literary gem that will take a treasured spot on their shelves to read and reread over the years. “Who are the Colesmiths?” inevitably leaves readers anxious for the next installment, Product of Culture Book II: Cases of Colesmiths.

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