This childhood memoir chronicles the life of a boy who survives the chaos of a broken home, alcoholic parents, and a childhood that vacillates between joy and agonizing loneliness. Patrick Middleton finds refuge in the halls of his Catholic school, and on Sunday visits to loving relatives on Maple Knoll, his grandfather’s tobacco plantation. Adventurous and self-reliant, he works after school jobs as a bus-boy, a bell hop, and a thief, and comes and goes as he pleases until a juvenile judge has no other choice but to put him away.
“An aching account of the life of a troubled boy…Patrick Middleton’s stunning memoir reveals all we need to know about the self-perpetuating power of the human spirit.” – Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking and The Death of Innocents
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