Warfare. Plague. The Role of Government. Political Corruption. Leadership. Native Issues. Faith and Love. The editor Stephanie Markham brings together several narratives that take up these disparate themes. She sees them as samples of American life from the 17th century to the near present to three hundred years in the future. As she works on the stories, she discovers that they have several issues in common. What does it mean to be American? Is renewal of life possible? The answer to the question about American identity doesn’t come in the wars the narratives refer to or in the baleful cult activities that cast a dark shadow over the 20th century parts of the story but in the freedom the characters enjoy to lead decent lives, to hope for improvements, to express themselves and interpret their situations as they see fit. Stephanie answers the second question by saying that renewal of life is available and is often hard to perceive for it frequently arrives as the outcome of thought and re-evaluation. “Testimonies” is the third novel in a series called “Witnesses”..
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