This author needs better editors. There seems to be a story here worth reading. Unfortunately, the reader has to adapt and repair the content to find it. This is the failure of the editor.
Read Angela's Ashes and The Man Who Listens to Horses. These are examples of techniques for developing similar biographical material that work. This book stalls and drags. This story remains too tedious and pointless for too long. Consider the timing and plot development when intermingling past present and retrospective reveal. We need a sense of perspective. Where are we when you are telling the story? Are we moving through time on one line while considering another? Is there a third line that we see the first two from? I still cannot answer this. Please find a good editor.
Very good narrator. The one thing that kept me listening as long as I did was the very good performance of the narrator.
Bewilderment is not what the author was trying to create in her readers, I'm sure. Due to using a difficult technique - personal childhood history, recent events, retroactive revision to reveal misperceptions or lies - all told concurrently. I spent too long wondering why lies and second thoughts were revealed as the narrative of the simultaneous stories develop, or failed to develop. I sense that you have a good story, it is just not well told.
I am hoping that a revised edition of this book is released eventually. I might take another shot at it. I am sure a good editor cout manage this.
This is a true story that takes place in NYC where two very different people and circumstances dwell a couple of city blocks apart. It's a book I will listen to again because of its honesty about aspects of life that most of us would rather keep hidden. The story shows us that strength and love have a way of prevailing in unexpected places and most of the time without words. Hope is the result. This is a fine real life example that will keep you thinking about long after you've finished it.
A heart warming true story with many lessons woven in. It's well told and well read. I could listen several times and even bought 2 hard copies to give to friends.
The parallels of the two lives were so evident as the story progressed.
A must have for any age.
This is a terrific book. I wish it would become a movie. It can bring you to tears, open your heart, and make you see the good in the world. Read it, it's even funny at times.
This book could never be a 4 or 5 star experience. The material does not allow it.
Ms. Ward's performance was fine. she did the best she could with what I believe is a very flawed story.
Ms. Ward is the only redeeming quality.
I'm a social worker who specializes in substance abuse. I deal with kids like Maurice everyday. The character in the book does not sound or behave like any urban kid, black or white, that I have ever met. The way this woman patronized this kid is abhorrent. Poor Laura, victimized her whole life, but still a candidate for sainthood as she saved the poor little black kid from the ghetto. Give me a break!
I have not seen the book in print.
When the little boy did not know how to blow his nose.
It was as if she was just sitting with you and telling the story.
It is amazing how we have the power to change others destinies.
This is one of the most beautiful, true stories I have ever heard. It really gives you the correct perspective about life and what is really important.
Beautifully written and read. I was "moved" by every chapter, couldn't wait to hear the next and was so sad when the story ended.
I would say in my top 10.
All the drama and challenges Maurice had to face.
Maurice and I
I come to see how blessed I really am.
This story is very descriptive of how a simple interest in another person can radically change both parties lives.
Both main characters are wonderful people that desire to live life to the fullest after a difficult childhood. They are both overcomers and I like them both equally.
When he lost his mother and then began calling Lora his mother.
I would recommend this book to any one that wants to read a heartwarming inspirational book, that could change your life too.
I loved this
book. It showed me how, by taking that leap of faith, which started with baby steps, can lead to impacting so many people in such a positive way.