Steven Clark was born in Bonne Terre, Missouri. He served in the United States Army and graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. His play The Love Season won the Source Theater’s 1985 Best Play award. He has written several novels, stories and plays. His play The Tragedy of Hypatia was performed at the 2001 Director’s Showcase at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His stories have appeared in Black Oak Presents. His play The Buffalo was part of the Spectrum Theater’s 2011 festival. The Green Path is his first novel.
The Green Path
In the early 1980s, four people in central Missouri are haunted by the past. Ngo, a writer of children’s books, is crippled from a wound received in Vietnam. His writing makes him come to terms with the loss of his country, as does letters he writes to Nguyen, an old friend who betrayed him. Ngo’s best friend is Judith Vogel, a teacher who can’t forget the oppression she saw in Guatemala. This leads her to befriend Concepcion, a girl from that country who is in Missouri to study music.
Concepcion rebuffs Judith’s efforts and throws herself into her music…which helps fight off nightmares she has about Guatemala. Judith loses herself visiting an abandoned cemetery, many of whose graves are those of German settlers massacred by Confederate guerillas in the last months of the Civil War. Jonathan Amesbury runs a small-town newspaper while he decides whether to return to London or save his family’s ancestral mansion. He wants to find out Concepcion’s secret, and joins forces with a reluctant Judith. Will this be the big story he sought, or will their haunted pasts overwhelm him?