THE NOVEL

Burial site of P-71 and other unidentified remains from the April 19, 1995 bombing in Oklahoma City.
Photo Credit: Author, September 3, 2019

A Leg in Oklahoma City has been over 20 years in the making. Its genesis was a short story begun in 1998, about the Amish moving to California at the advent of the Internet age. As time passed, and history happened, a small story bloomed into something bigger.

An interest emerged.

Reading, reading, and re-reading. More research and more reading—on the Oklahoma City bombing, its aftermath, the resultant trial and execution of Timothy McVeigh, the concepts of vengeance, justice, and the “myth of closure.”

From the ashes, possibility: A love story where the connection is simple, immediate, true, and easy–juxtaposed with a not-so-simple dissection of the sources and legacy of hate.

The echo of “P-71” in Oklahoma City.

Its epicenter at NW 5th between Harvey and Robinson.

A quarter-century mystery, ringing like a bell at First United Methodist across the street.

A human being’s story.

“No one can say this story is not true.”

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