One brilliant exploration of that theme is the novel "The Mango Tree Cafe." By authors Taryn Simpson and Alan Solomon, it creates Everyman Larry. His father's passivity - stuck in the butterfat of farming life in New Zealand - drives the son to find a mission - and meaning. The father also passes onto the son too much dependence on alcohol. Although Larry, like much of humanity including Ted Kennedy, defaults often into escape through booze, he does find his way to a somewhere. That's unusual. The lion's share of the wounded, confused, curious more frequently journey only to find themselves still stuck in that metaphorical butterfat.
This morality tale is about the possibility of triumphing over what could or maybe should be our destiny. Larry does more than run, lapse into alcoholism, and stare inward. As the adage goes, Destiny isn't what happens. It's what we create. For attorneys haunted by the dreams of their fathers, professors and mentors about what their career paths ought to be, Larry's struggle might provide hope that there is a way out of the past.
forced to search, and in new ways. Indie book award-winner "The Mango Tree Cafe" can be ordered from Amazon.com here.