A Summons to Memphis takes on the damage incurred and the resentment carried by the children of the family patriarch, who in this novel is named George Carver.
What to George Carver is an attempt to assert himself, to extend his own vitality, is to them mere foolishness.
One doesn't need to know anything about Taylor's real father to sense that with George Carver, we are entering the realm of myth.
The book describes in surprisingly glowing terms the friendship between George Carver and Lewis Shackleford, the business partner who betrays him, and its culmination occurs in the reconciliation between the two when they are both very old.
In the first issue of the Monthly, Bill Moyers told of how two civil servants, Chester Cooper and George Carver
, were able to convince President Johnson's highest policy advisors to stop the escalation in Vietnam.