This autumn consider taking up the story of Jacob and Molly: set in an old suburb called Ferdinand, which has the exact same physical features as Ferguson. The spirit of the place is for each reader to find separately. Jacob was raised here until after the fifth grade, when his twin sister died and then his family moved away. He has never come to terms with this loss. He has vowed to live a good life for his sister, but knows that he has not done so.
He has lost his girlfriend, his job, and is living at the expense of others. He finds himself lost in his childhood again. He becomes a handyman and his gregarious nature brings him new friends. He rediscovered the beauty of the suburb, and the sins of the people who have lived there; in vague terms the very beauty of the land cries out for justice from the inhabitants. His quest to find his moral center.
When he meets Molly, he knows instantly that she is his soul mate. She too has been marked by tragedy, far worse than his own, it seems. They regress as children up at the weekly Fish Fry at St. Margaret's, enjoying what neither one quite believes can last. Molly becomes merged into his sacred memory of his sister, and it impedes his progress towards her heart. He has to look into himself, and to others for the answers. Out on the golf course his father struggles to help him understand:
"He wanted to impart something of this powerful energy of love that has passed through purifying fires, delivering one safely to a new realm, where you are established among your loved ones, as firmly attached to immutable truths as humans can ever be."
Molly holds the key for resolving his past and present, opening up a new path to the truth he must live with, and the fable of what we call life must go on for the living as it does for the dead whom we keep sacred.