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The tale of Lula Hardaway's life reads like something out of Dickens. Born during the Great Depression as the illegitimate child of a teenage mother and an absent father, she was passed back and forth between relatives before giving birth to three sons herself by the age of 20. Though she eventually found work in a factory, she was hampered by a lack of education and training and eventually resorted to prostitution (at the insistence of her no-account husband) in order to make ends meet. What makes her story different from those of other poor, uneducated, exploited women is that her youngest son, Steveland Judkins, was born with a profound disability and an equally profound talent. Though his blindness condemned him, in one teacher's opinion, to a life of making pot holders or selling pencils, Steveland possessed a musical genius and charismatic presence that took him to the pinnacle of stardom and made him one of his generation's most important and influential artists -- Stevie Wonder.
Though based on interviews with Hardaway and Wonder, the story here is not told exclusively from their perspective; rather, it is filtered through the frequently florid prose of journalists Love and Brown. Despite more than a few heavy-handed passages, Blind Faith is a heartfelt telling of a remarkable mother's story, and a testament to the inner spirit that gave her strength throughout her struggles. Katherine Hottinger