Books by Brights
One Nation Under God
America in the second quarter of the 21st Century is a nation in which Christian fundamentalism has brought about tremendous change in Washington, resulting in the virtual destruction of the wall of separation between church and state, increased persecution of religious minorities, and many other social injustices. Eleven-year old Mary Christopher is the spunky daughter of the latest President vowing to return America to its righteous roots. Her mother is a well-known “family values” activist, and her "Uncle" Gene Sisco is head of the largest evangelical Christian organization in the land. Mary's is a conflicted coming-of-age story, in which she questions everything from her faith to her sexuality, and ultimately becomes another victim of her own father's repressive legislation.
The novel takes events from present-day and extrapolates them to a possible conclusion two short decades from now. The list of controversial topics in this fable is long, covering everything from radical education techniques to communal living, group marriages to the failings of religion. Yet, through it all, the book maintains a positive world-view, a hope that our society might one day get its collective act together, before it's too late.
ONE NATION UNDER GOD has won several awards, including the Best General Fiction Award in Fresh Voices 2006, and placed as a finalist in Best Books 2005, against the likes of Amy Tan, Olga Grushin, Nick Hornby, and others. It is also the first novel to mention The Brights movement!
About the Author
Native Pennsylvanian Vincent M. Wales has been an atheist for more than 25 years, and was the founder of the Freethought Society of Northern Utah. His atheism website, The Atheist Attic, contains hundreds of essays on freethought matters. His activism also extends to alternative relationships. The Polyamory Awareness and Acceptance Ribbon Campaign, devoted to de-stigmatizing the lifestyle of responsible non-monogamy, is his creation.
He currently teaches a variety of fiction writing courses at The Learning Exchange in Sacramento, is a 3-topic volunteer artisan at AllExperts.com (atheism, polyamory, and writing books), and is a former guide for About.com’s site on Agnosticism/Atheism. He has served on the Board of Directors of Northern California Publishers & Authors and Atheists & Other Freethinkers.
He currently lives in Sacramento, California.