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Author: Dennis Love, Stacy Brown Narrator: Viola Davis Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2002 ISBN: 9780743542074
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Hardship, sacrifice, determination and ultimate triumph make up Blind Faith, the frank and compelling biography of Lula Hardaway, mother of superstar musician and singer Stevie Wonder.

A motherless child born in a sharecropper's shack in Alabama, Lula was passed from relative to relative, unwanted and unloved. As a teenager she was sent to Chicago where she married a much older man who abused her and forced her to work as a prostitute. Determined to build a better life for her children, she eventually made her escape to Detroit.

Although Stevland Judkins was blind virtually from birth, Lula noticed that this little boy impressed everyone with his outgoing personality, his intelligence, charm, and his incredible musical talent. Berry Gordy dubbed the boy Little Stevie Wonder and launched him into musical history when he signed Stevie to his Motown label.

When Innervisions won a Grammy award for Album of the Year in 1973, Stevie Wonder refused to accept the award unless Lula walked with him to the podium where he proclaimed, "her strength has led us to this place."

Indeed, it was Lula's drive and her willingness to sacrifice the now for the future that saw them through. Blind Faith is not only the story of the birth of a superstar, but a stirring testament to a mother's love Download and start listening now!

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  • “Viola Davis embodies the spunk and spirit of Lula Hardaway in this amazing hard-luck biography of Stevie Wonder’s mother. Davis’ voice reflects Hardaway’s toughness and determination to build a better life for her boys than she experienced growing up in a sharecropper family while at the same time capturing her fierce love and gentle devotion.” 

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  • “[An] often entertaining book.” 

    Amazon.com, editorial review

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About the Author

Dennis Love is a freelance journalist who has worked for the Arizona Republic, UPI, the Los Angeles Daily News, and the Orange County Register. He lives in Sacramento, California.

About the Narrator

Viola Davis is a critically revered, award-winning actress of film, television and theater. She is the first black actress to win Tony (Fences & King Hedley II), Oscar (Fences) and Emmy (How to Get Away with Murder) awards. Davis is currently starring in the fourth season of “How to Get Away with Murder,” a role for which she became the first African American actress to receive the Emmy Award for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.” In 2012, Davis and her husband founded their production company, JuVee Productions, with its focus being on giving a voice to the voiceless through strong, impactful and culturally relevant narratives. Davis will next star in Steve McQueen’s “Widows,” alongside Colin Farrell and Liam Neeson. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and six-year-old daughter (to whom she reads Corduroy aloud!).