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"How easily our bodies become us, our souls bound to the material, to the joy or grief or pain we feel through our skin. My father had been doomed to years of rage because he lost his hands."
Lee Martin's achingly moving memoir is the story of his childhood on a farm in southern Illinois, and of his complex relationship with his frustrated and abusive father. One late fall day in 1956, Lee's father, Roy, suffered a horrific accident while harvesting corn, after which life for him and his family would never be the same.
A proud man, Roy continued to carry on his life with the aid of two metal hooks for hands, but did not spare his only child from his wrath. Lee's mother, Beulah, a schoolteacher and an eternal optimist, became her husband's caretaker, doing for him what he could no longer do for himself. However, she lacked the courage to confront him, and silently watched the beatings Lee endured from his father. A family unable to process their grief and hostility, they hid their feelings from the outside world.
Constantly at odds with his father as a teen, Lee turned to shoplifting and vandalism. But as he matured, he eventually came to understand his father's rage. What emerges from the pages of this stirring, beautifully written memoir is the story of a son's forgiveness and, ultimately, love for his father. Told with honesty and poignancy, and filled with compassion and redemption, we dare you to finish this book without a few tissues nearby.