story of Jacob and Esau, one of the great biblical portrayals of deceit and its
consequences, is re-imagined in this witty, perceptive tale of conflicting
characters, woven around the highlands of Tennessee and Virginia.
In William Crisp’s Jacob and Esau Burkholder,
Jacob tricks and dispossesses twin brother Esau of the inheritance, getting
through the tough times ahead with his wit and cunning, shedding the bohemian
life of his youth along the way.
As Jacob ponders about his expanded family and
the issue of closure with the offended brother, couples Billy and Isabel, and
Sarah and Jack of Polk County, Tennessee, deal with the brothers’ impending
confrontation, while trying to straighten out matters of their own mottled