A Cracking of the Heart

A Cracking of the Heart

by David Horowitz
     
 

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After losing a loved one, "pay attention to the ways in which your relationship continues."
So advised Sarah Horowitz in an interview she gave the day before her unexpected death. In A Cracking of the Heart, David Horowitz explores the legacy of his extraordinary daughter's short life, and narrates his quest for a deeper understanding of the child he lost.

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After losing a loved one, "pay attention to the ways in which your relationship continues."
So advised Sarah Horowitz in an interview she gave the day before her unexpected death. In A Cracking of the Heart, David Horowitz explores the legacy of his extraordinary daughter's short life, and narrates his quest for a deeper understanding of the child he lost.

A remarkable woman and gifted writer, Sarah was afflicted with a birth condition that, while complicating and ultimately shortening her life, never affected her dreams. From an early age, she displayed inspiring courage in facing her own difficulties and boundless compassion for the underserved and overlooked in many communities, from an autistic niece in her own family to uneducated children in Africa.

A Cracking of the Heart chronicles the separation of father and daughter through political and familial conflicts, and their slow reunion. Alternately searing and uplifting, it reconciles what could have been with what is, taking the reader through a father's love, frustration, admiration, and grief, to what lies beyond.

Editorial Reviews

David Horowitz's daughter Sarah was special. She was deaf, nearsighted, had a poor sense of direction, and was never able to drive. She could walk only with pain and difficulty, which got worse as she grew older. Her kinked aorta and other medical problems gave her every excuse to be disabled, but she insisted on soldiering on until her life was cut off, far too short. A Cracking of the Heart is distinguished not because it is a literary memoir of note but because it is a father's straight-from-the-soul tribute to a child he dearly loved.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596981034
Publisher:
Regnery Publishing
Publication date:
10/26/2009
Pages:
188
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

What People are saying about this

Ruth Messinger
"This extraordinary book is a father's tribute to an amazing daughter who took on the problems of her community and her world with no regard to her own physical limitations. We treasure the time we had with this activist who left the world too soon and are deeply moved by her father's determination to tell her story that others might walk in her path."--(Ruth Messinger, President, American Jewish World Service)

Juan Williams
"Horowitz puts forth a touching and deeply told story between father and daughter. Similar backgrounds branch off into entirely different beliefs and lifestyles and yet with each turning page we see that blood runs far deeper than politics. A very engaging read."--(Robert Duvall, Academy Award-winning actor

"David Horowitz's book is filled with the passion born of love and commitment to family. It is a guide to family love and the triumphs of a wonderful daughter."--(Juan Williams, author of Eyes on the Prize)

Douglas Rushkoff
"David Horowitz understands tikkun olam from the inside out. He's one of those rare activists who is willing to learn from experience, from doubt, and from other people. I encourage you all to do the same by engaging with his fine and heartfelt book."--(Douglas Rushkoff, author of Life Inc. and Nothing Sacred)
Dennis Prager
"A Cracking of the Heart will indeed crack your heart, as it did mine. Rarely has a parent written so movingly of the life and death of a child as David Horowitz has of his physically disabled yet powerfully alive daughter, Sarah. It is inconceivable to me that there is a parent-or child-who will not be deeply affected by the wisdom and the humanity of this book."--(Dennis Prager, nationally syndicated radio talk show host, columnist, and bestselling author of Happiness Is a Serious Problem)

Meet the Author

David Horowitz is the best-selling author of many books, including an autobiography Radical Son, and a memoir The End of Time, which Walter Isaacson has called "a powerful and poignant rumination on the meaning of life and the meaning of death." He was a founder of the New Left movement of the 1960s and is now a conservative.

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