To Have a Child – Peter Heiberg, author of ‘Lee Shore Blues’
Years ago President Kennedy said, “To have a child is to give fate a hostage.” In my middle class world fate has generally treated those hostages pretty well. But what happens when fate treats a hostage very very badly? In ‘Onwards We Go’ Stephen Mohan recounts his life growing up as a normal adventurous kid. Things only got better in adulthood, adventures grew in scope, love blossomed. So although this book is sold as an autobiography it is really an extraordinary love story. The love of a father for his son. This is a tough, passionate, honest, well written book. It will tear your heart apart and have you praying for a happy ending. Does the Phoenix arise from the ashes? Let’s say the Phoenix emerges from the ashes. Burnt, bedraggled, trailing broken wings and generally beat up, but he emerges. This is a must read for all but the faint of heart.