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Virtues Constellation

by Justin Williams


Magical Realism. Retro-Mythology.


Twenty-one-year-old Christian Belvedere, a third-generation Parthenon senior and recently diagnosed bipolar, seems to be the only student aware of sinister happenings taking place in Pithon. Unfortunately, Christian’s efforts to bring this information to the attention of the school’s board has earned him behavioral probation, specifically for his allegations against seventy-two students of Pithon, who he learns aren't students at all but deposed Greek gods. He regards this punishment as a death sentence for the school and the rest of humanity when he is forced to submit to medical treatment in order to be readmitted and graduate on time. 

But this isn’t the first time Christian has had to choose between two extremes. Should he give in to the psychosis that reveals to him ever-deepening levels of the treachery happening on Parthenon, or does he simply follow the doctor's orders? Suppose he is to graduate on time and protect Parthenon from the ruin the resurrected Greek gods have in store for the campus. In that case, he will have to start making choices that weigh true heroism against ambition and personal loss against the ultimate sacrifice.



Justin Williams was born in Queens, New York, and raised on Long Island. After finishing high school at Friends Academy in Locust Valley, he attended Princeton University for Comparative Religion and finished his bachelor's magna cum laude at Rider University. While working as an editor and writer at the multimedia company New York Trend, he attended Rutgers University for graduate school, earning a master's in Political Science. While writing, he worked for The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and The New Jersey Office for Homeland Security. He is a College/Career Prep Teacher at Hempstead High School and a Grant Advisor at Nassau Community College. Justin is also the producer and host of the podcast The Trend with Justin A. Williams.

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