Relative Distance: A Memoir

Relative Distance: A Memoir

by David Pruitt
Relative Distance: A Memoir

Relative Distance: A Memoir

by David Pruitt


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Relative Distance is a powerful memoir of resilience and faith. While it’s an unflinching look at brothers being raised by a violent, abusive father and a detached, mentally ill mother, it’s also an inspiring account of two distinctive life journeys and an examination of the role played by family and society in individual homelessness. 

After surviving his tumultuous upbringing, David Pruitt rises to become a CEO in Corporate America, while his brother, Danny, becomes a long-time homeless traveler. As David helps to grow a fledgling North Carolina business into what is at the time the largest specialty bicycle retailer in the United States, Danny sleeps under overpasses, jumps passing freight cars, lives in and out of shelters, faces death more than once—and encounters the best and worst of America in a restless search to find a better place in the world. Yet, despite their differences, a common thread runs through the distinct trajectories of the brothers’ lives: each of them struggles with difficult psychological issues stemming from their troubled past. 

This deeply moving memoir examines the lifelong challenges that often come for those raised in an abusive home, along with the limitless possibilities we open ourselves to when we allow faith and determination to overcome judgment and fear.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684631698
Publisher: SparkPress
Publication date: 10/04/2022
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

David Pruitt is a first-generation college graduate from UNC-Greensboro and previously served on the advisory board for their Bryan School of Business. As a senior leader in the U.S Bicycle industry, he served on the board of “People for Bikes,” a national organization with 1.3 million members that works to make riding a bicycle in America safer, easier to access, and more fun. A licensed CPA and a member of the AICPA and NCACPA, David started his business career in an entry-level accounting position before advancing to first CFO, then CEO, of Performance Bike, for a time the largest cycling retailer in the United States. He is an avid reader, a happily married husband for over thirty years, and a proud father of two successful children. He currently resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Part I At Eighteen

1 The Park 1

2 The Woods 6

3 The Fight 10

Part II Boys to Men

4 Oak Grove 23

5 The Biting Words 29

6 Mariachi Sounds 38

7 Phoenix Rising 45

Part III Scenes of Survival

8 Pictures 55

9 Wynken, Blynken and Nod-and Herman 59

10 Coffee and the Sixth Floor 65

11 A Father's Name 74

12 Ya Ain't Worth a Shit for Nothin' 83

13 The Orphan 86

14 The First Speech 94

15 Looking for Angels 101

16 The Break 106

17 The Missing Twenty 117

18 An Epiphany 122

19 Out of the Woods 128

20 The Mother Question 136

Part IV Rising and Running

21 Getting Down to Business 151

22 Running Down to the Riptide 164

23 The Second Speech 171

24 Meet the Family 178

25 Peach Field 185

26 Lima Beans and CFOs 194

27 Sunset in Savannah 205

Part V Life, Death, and the Relative Distance

28 T-shirts 215

29 The Stupid One 217

30 Dirty Face and the Law 223

31 WTF 232

32 The Advice 239

33 The Third Speech 247

34 An Un-wasted Act of Kindness 254

35 Acceptance? 264

36 The Faith Mission 276

37 Retail Apocalypse 283

38 Dad 290

39 Relative Distance 294

Epilogue: My Best Answer 298

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