What the trilogy is the ongoing journey of a first generation Polish Catholic boy in Detroit during the 1950’s. The story begins in Book 1, Worship of Hollow Gods and continues in Book 2, An Ambition to Belong (which will be available in 2016). Book 3 will finish the trilogy and will be available sometime in 2017.
An Ambition to Belong – Leaving Home Trilogy Book 2
An Ambition to Belong, the second novel in James Sniechowskiâ€™s Leaving Home Trilogy, develops the growth of Jim, now 13, who confronts the challenges of his life split between the traditional demand of his Old World Polish Catholic family in 1955 Detroit and the newly emerging but equally oppressive world of his University of Detroit High School, a Jesuit college preparatory institution set in the upper class suburbs designed to reflect and house Detroit’s burgeoning corporate executive class. Jim does not fit, not at home nor in school and certainly not in the church. So he joins a neighborhood street gang in an attempt to find someplace to belong. Betrayed by a vicious and sadistic fellow gang member, by erudite and overbearing Jesuit priests, and by his own need to be known and loved, Jim is pushed and stretched into a personal discovery that expands his world and directs the course of the rest of his life.
A courageous and honest telling of the deep desire to belong, and the loneliness that cuts like a knife when we don’t. Loneliness to the core, compelling us to find a place to belong… somewhere, anywhere.
— Kelly Cline, PhD, Todos Santos, Baja Mexico
Worship of Hollow Gods – Leaving Home Trilogy Book 1
In Worship of a Hollow Gods James Sniechowski bears witness to the world of a sensitive, nine-year-old boy, subjected to the underbelly of his Polish Catholic family in working class Detroit. The year is 1950. The family gathers for a Friday night family poker/pinochle party. The outcome reveals a world no one ever talked about then and are forbidden to talk about now—the unspoken, the impermissible, the reality beneath every family’s practiced appearance—and what lies beneath when the front has been ripped away.
Sniechowski unsparingly yet compassionately evokes the temptations, trials, and tactics of the family characters while revealing the hollow gods they worship without knowing it.
Readers, no matter where in the world, will be prompted if not pushed to confront the hollow gods that reside, like living ghosts, in the unseen of their family’s way of life, the invisible that sources and shapes their beliefs and behaviors.
Worship of Hollow Gods dredges up familial bonds that grip and hold tight, unconsciously dictating our destiny. It is story telling at its caring and compelling best.