Frank Fiore – Novelist & Screenwriter

October 3, 2013

How to Write a Novel – GAIGIN Update

Filed under: How to Write a Novel — Frank Fiore @ 8:51 AM

I have completed a rough draft of the storyline for GAIGIN.  Still keeping with the multiple plot lines of conspiracy, World War II and the coming of age of the young boy in the story.

Though GAIGIN is similar to MURRAN in that it is a story of a young boy coming of age and becomes a man, Trey, the young Black boy in MURRAN is an unwilling volunteer, so to speak. He is alienated of a sorts but joins in the activities of the young gang reluctantly.

The young boy in GAIGIN, on the other hand, is very much alienated from his society and even himself.  He and his loved ones are victims of bigotry and cruelty that they experience.

Because of his societal environment, his peers treat him as an outcast. GAIGIN is really a story of this alienated youth who desperately wants to find meaning in his existence. He finds that meaning in the wartime culture of Japan. He buys into that militaristic culture so much, that at the end of the book, he is willing to sacrifice his life for his family and his honor.

But at the end of it all, he discovers that the militaristic society that he bought into is no better than the one he left in America. It too was filled with bigotry and hateful prejudice on those who think differently than they do.

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