Letters to Momo: A Remarkable Story About the Power to Overcome

Letters to Momo: A Remarkable Story About the Power to Overcome

by Alejandro Souza

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In September 2010, Alejandro learned that Momo, his cousin and closest friend in the family, was suddenly imprisoned. Crushed by his imprisonment and desiring to infuse him with strength, resilience, and, above all, love, Alejandro made an unconditional commitment to write Momo one letter each day for as long as he was in jail. This book is the collection of all letters sent to Momo, exactly as he received them. Letters to Momo is an inspirational reminder of how to confront and overcome physical and psychological prisons, find meaning, and achieve personal growth and liberation—in any situation and from any background.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781614487708
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
Publication date: 10/15/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 148
File size: 422 KB

About the Author

Alejandro Souza is a writer, poet, and social entrepreneur who has traveled to more than sixty-five countries and launched ventures in Uganda, Rwanda, Mexico, and Bhutan. Alejandro holds a business degree from Babson College and a master’s degree in public administration and development practice from Columbia University. He lives in Rio de Janeiro.

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I wrote these letters because nobody should walk alone.

In September of 2010, I received an email informing me that my cousin Momo, as I called him, had been imprisoned. His situation was deeply challenging to say the least: twenty-three years old and about to graduate from university abroad, his world was suddenly confined to one of Her Majesty’s largest prisons in Liverpool. His parents and sisters were all home in Mexico, an Atlantic Ocean away.

A truly compassionate, loving, and caring person only a year my junior, Momo has always been my closest friend in the family. Although we lived in different countries most of our lives, no physical distance ever kept us from connecting and feeling close. I soon learned that his sentence actually began approximately one month prior. To spare us from the pain, anguish, and uncertainty of arduous legal proceedings, Momo had requested his family not be told anything until the sentencing was final. Crushed by his imprisonment and the realization that he had already been facing this situation alone for a month or more, I made an unconditional commitment to live the experience as close to him as I possibly could.

My mind was made up: I resolved to write him one letter each day for as long as he was in jail.

Table of Contents

Part I: September 2010
Part II: October 2010
Part III: November 2010
Part IV: Momo’s Letter
Part V: The Last Letters

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