On a crisp winter’s day in Glenwood Canyon, Colorado, Art Daily suffered a terrible tragedy. While driving home with his family from a youth hockey game, a large boulder dislodged from the canyon wall and struck their car, killing his wife and two sons–while leaving him inexplicably untouched. In one instant, Art’s entire life crumbled, leaving him feeling utterly alone. As family, friends, and the entire Aspen community rushed in to offer comfort and support, Art faced what he imagined to be a bleak and lonely future. But what he found surprised him: the healing power of a stranger’s grace.
That stranger was Allison, a twenty-eight-year-old Texan who had stopped in Aspen on her way to a new life. Allison was a woman struggling with her own grief following her older brother’s suicide and the end of her marriage. When she heard of Art’s tragedy, she felt compelled to reach out to him, a person whom she had never met but with whom she identified deeply. Art and Allison forged a close friendship, tending to each other’s wounds and eventually falling in love and starting a family. And through it all, the living memory of Art’s wife and sons guided and comforted them.
Out of the Canyon is the inspiring story of how two people found the courage to move on after profound heartbreak. Art and Allison teach us that it is not only possible to live through such turmoil, but to embrace life anew. And, with humility and understanding, they offer direct insight and advice on what truly helped them deal with irreversible change and how we can do the same.
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About the Author
ALLISON DAILY is the director of Pathfinders Valley Angels, a nonprofit organization that serves Aspen-area cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. She works as a substitute teacher in the Aspen public school system and as a unit clerk in the obstetrics department of Aspen Valley Hospital.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I wasn't entirely sure what this book was about when I decided to choose it for our book club. I had read a recommendation in 5280 magazine and decided to give it a try. It has been heart breaking, thought provoking, and heart warming all in one book. The book is written in two voices, one from Art and one from Allison. I tended to enjoy the writing from Allison more than Art. She seemed to have more writing experience. Overall I would recommend this as a good discussion book.
i loved this book. read it in one sitting. dealing with loss and death is part of life but we don't often discuss it so openly and truthfully. there was such a lack of judgment or opinion in the thoughts and feelings that surrounded the deaths of allison's brother and art's wife and boys. allison's inability to feel the effects of her brother's suicide until grieving over art's family 5 years later redeemed them both and brought them together in a unique, beautiful and honest way. with a peace which passes all understanding. just exactly as it was supposed to be. their purpose in each other's lives was not to rescue but to honor, support and bear witness to a pain and grief that seemed bottomless. i believe that by trusting in a Higher Power's purpose, plan and mystery, Allison and Art were able to find the joy that exists even in the midst of great sorrow. their story is full of honesty, hope and the belief that there are no boundaries or limits. only love. i think tanner, shae, and especially kathy are applauding!