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As a boy, Jerome moves from Brooklyn to the Lower East Side in Manhattan, and everything seems grand.



There is more light and more excitement in this new place. And even though times are tough for a family led by a single mother, Jerome sees a promising future for himself. By the young age of twelve, he's already excelling as an athlete and performer.



But everything swiftly changes one night for Jerome. ...

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Overview

As a boy, Jerome moves from Brooklyn to the Lower East Side in Manhattan, and everything seems grand.



There is more light and more excitement in this new place. And even though times are tough for a family led by a single mother, Jerome sees a promising future for himself. By the young age of twelve, he's already excelling as an athlete and performer.



But everything swiftly changes one night for Jerome. Walking home from a party with a friend, he's shot in the back. Shortly after, he learns he'll be paralyzed for life.



Jerome never meets his attacker, and the authorities never catch the person. News of a black adolescent getting shot in Manhattan doesn't even rate a paragraph in the local paper. With only his close circle of friends, family and caregivers, Jerome is left looking for answers.



Rather than settle into a world of depression and anger, however, Jerome goes on to live a fulfilling and rewarding life. In this touching memoir, he confronts not only the demons he knows, but the one that remains mysterious, the one he reaches out to in Dear Marcus.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781440155499
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/22/2009
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 0.27 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

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  • Posted October 25, 2009

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    Jerry McGill's brilliantly written memoir is unforgettable. It is at once a deeply intimate and personal story and yet it is also the hero's journey. Take the trip!

    This book touched me very deeply. Jerry McGill's approach to telling his story as if talking to his assailant, works. Jerry takes you right into his world and his experiences following the incident that changed his life forever. He is straightforward, articulate, insightful, witty and never alienates the reader. It's up close and personal and very inclusive. Whatever hardships one has faced in their life I think they will be able to relate to this amazing story. Jerry has a lot of heart. This is one of those books that makes you want to be a better person.

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