David’s life could turn out very, very badly. His mother dies suddenly when he is an infant. Then at age two, he is gone. Vanished, with his father, and abandoned in a far-away place…. This is a story of forgiveness and redemption: Letter From...
David’s life could turn out very, very badly. His mother dies suddenly when he is an infant. Then at age two, he is gone. Vanished, with his father, and abandoned in a far-away place.
His future hangs on a Letter from Alabama, a piece of paper that must travel hundreds of miles in an envelope. Then it must land in exactly the right place in a busy office where nobody is under any obligation to read it or pay any attention to it. This is the true story of that letter, and all that will transpire because of it.
It’s the story of human failure, and human triumph. Forgiveness and redemption. It is a testament to, and a prayer of thanks for, good and decent people everywhere who stand up for a child when they don’t have to—when they have nothing to gain and perhaps much to lose.
It’s a tribute to those who see the potential in a young person and give that person a chance to be the best that he or she can be. They are the heroes for whom this story is now committed to writing.
5-star Amazon review:
“David Workman’s memoir provides an inspiring, often bittersweet portrait of a boy growing into a manhood shaped and guided by loving, nurturing family. His mother dead, his father disappeared, the toddler is taken in, cared for, and eventually joins a unique, loving family. The book follows Workman from those early years through a life of personal and professional triumphs as a son, brother, husband, father, journalist, editor, writer. Full disclosure: I was lucky enough to know Workman in high school, to benefit from his knowledge working with him on our school paper, and I take pride in thinking of him as a a friend. However, that personal connection aside, this is a fine, well written book that blends his personal story with the greater events of American life in the second half of the 20th Century. Workman’s celebration of family deserves to be read. R. Headley.”