Memories of Another Day is less awful than many of Harold Robbins’s bestsellers.
The story is told in sections alternating between “now” and “memories of another day.”
The memories are better than now.
The story is about Daniel Boone Huggins, a West Virginia hill country kid growing up dirt-poor in the early 1900s.
His father isn’t savvy enough to sell his moonshine for what it’s worth. The family needs cash.
Dan is sent off to find work. He ends up in a coal mine.
Dan’s sister, who had married a union organizer, is killed along with him.
Dan leaves West Virginia a confirmed union man.
Dan is a typical Robbins hero. Smart and incorruptible, he’s a hard-drinking stud, pursued by every woman who sees him.
He has a son, Daniel Jr., by one wife, and another, Jonathan, by a second wife who is younger than Dan Jr.
After Dan Sr. dies, Jonathan, 17, full of adolescent rebellion against his father, inexplicably goes off to find his father’s roots.
The memories of Big Dan’s labor union organizing experiences are riveting.
The tale of Jonathan’s getting in touch with his father’s legacy is absurd.
Memories of Another Day by Harold ROBBINS
Simon and Schuster, ©1979. 491 p.
1979 bestseller #04 My grade: B