In Laws of Our Fathers, Scott Turow alternates between a present day murder trial and the turbulent days of the ’60’s. The parties involved in the courtroom drama knew each other during their days as a radicals.
Seth, now a journalist, struggles to find common ground with his father, a Holocaust survivor, both as a college student and 25 years later. Turow brings up the Biblical story of Abraham and Isaac, one of the first examples of a father facing conflicting responsibilities and loyalties
Never a standard thriller writer, Turow’s multilayered novel explores big ideas and themes such as morality, the law – and father-son relationships.