My Father the Immigrant
This novel is the story of an immigrant, Mikha Midas, who came to the U.S. in quest of a life animated by the ideals of love, justice, freedom, and peace; of a romantic whose will to love never weakens in spite of devastating experiences of deception, betrayal, and abandonment; of a dreamer who swims in a sea of wisdom without learning how to walk in the streets of practical life. It is also the story of a nurse, Amy Wright, who learned what it means to stand on her feet and rebuild herself from the ashes of betrayal, hypocrisy, and social oppression. By a gentle touch of fortune Amy meets and nurses Mikha, a patient on nature's death row at Baptist Hospital in Southaven, Mississippi, during the last few months of his life without knowing that he was her biological father. She has daily conversations with him, in which they reveal their inner selves to each other and discuss some of the enduring questions of human life. She learned from him that the human heart is made from bricks of love; it is always smiling, always youthful, always giving, and always hopeful. She also learns that love, not biology, is the foundation of the family. My Father the Immigrant is an exhilarating adventure into the mystery of love, life, and death.
Michael H. Mitias