I highly recommend this book. It is a raw, open, transparent memoir detailing Mr. Franklin’s journey of discovery, despair, recovery and reconciliation with who he is and the trauma he endured as a child. I thing what’s truly fascinating is his resiliency and perseverance to find good in his own (adult) life. While reaching for confirmation from a parent who should and could have, yet didn’t, he dug in and dug deep. I think it’s fascinating when a person like Larry breaks the cycle of abuse, loves without condition, and changes the narrative.
Larry L Franklin holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from the University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University. He performed in the U.S. Navy Band located in Washington, D.C. from 1967 to 1971. From 1972 to 1975, he taught music at Southern Illinois University. In 1976, he completed requirements for a certified financial planner designation and maintained a successful investment business until 2007 when he retired to devote his energies to writing. In 2003, he received an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland.
Franklin is the author of “Mnemosyne: A Love Affair with Memory,” published by Xlibris; “The Rita Nitz Story: A Life without Parole,” published by Southern Illinois University Press; “Cherry Blossoms & Barron Plains: A woman’s journey from mental illness to a prison cell,” published by Chipmunka Publishing Company; and “Supermax Prison: Controlling the most dangerous criminals,” published by History Publishing Company. He currently resides in southern Illinois with his wife, Paula.
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