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Crippled by deformed hips as a child, Mark Richard was told he would spend his adult life in a wheelchair. The son of an unpredictable, violent father and a mother who sought inner peace through scripture, Richard spent his bedridden childhood in the company of books. As a young man, he set out to experience as much of the world as possible before his hips failed him. He spent years doing odd jobs and getting into trouble, grappling throughout with his faith and his calling, before winning a national fiction contest and launching an extraordinary writing career.
In this irresistible blend of history, travelogue, and personal reflection, Richard draws a remarkable portrait of a writer’s struggle with his faith, the evolution of his art, and the recognition of one’s singularity in the face of painful disability.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A lyrical distillation of observations from Richard’s boyhood in and out of southern charity hospitals to his becoming a writer and father in search of faith.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “An absorbing account of growing up in the 1960s South, living with a disability, becoming a writer and finding faith. Richard’s book attests to the power of words (and the Word) in shaping a life…[His] special childhood results in considerable powers of observation, empathy, and imagination.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A surprising page turner…Richard’s prose is gorgeous—and hits with a force that sometimes stuns…Where other memoirists—evangelical and/or literary—just bluff and brag, he makes art.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Richard captures what is often misunderstood about the Southerner’s intimate parlay with God. Appearances to the contrary, it is not about certainty…A fascinating journey.”


  • “Supremely animated…[Richard’s] spiritual journey, conducted in fits and starts and finally claimed in gorgeous hosannas of prose, forms the book’s narrative DNA.”


  • “No one writes like him. His prose style is both hammer blow and shrapnel. He has written the book of his life.”

    Pat Conroy

  • Selected for the March 2011 Indie Next List
  • Winner of the 2012 Pushcart Prize
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About the Author

Mark Richard was born in Manhattan and grew up surrounded by potato fields, clams, and bluefish on eastern Long Island. After a year at the University of Freiburg in Germany with brief sojourns in Rome, Paris, and Lille, he returned to the United States and became a substitute teacher in the Boston Public School system. Shortly thereafter, while at UMass-Amherst, meaning to study political philosophy, he was seduced by the philosophy of language and linguistics. He was a professor in the philosophy department at Harvard before attaining his current position as professor and chair of philosophy at Tufts University.