When lonely Billy Reed's hostile, alcololic dad shunned him, and his passive mom didn't show him love or offer direction, he felt lost, lonely, and confused and had to find guidance on his own. His search begins when his sailor father returns and uproots the family on a trip across America at war. From then on, until breaking away as a young man, he chronicles their lives and what he learns about love, death, family relationships, and his father. By story's end, through his observations, experiences, and unexpected sources, he finds the secrets for leading a fulfilling life.
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About the Author
Set during World War II and the early fifties, Daddy's Boy chronicles my struggle as a lonely boy in a dysfunctional family. It began as a memoir for my children, but when completed, I realized it was much more than that. It's about victory over abuse, not physical, as in "A Child called 'It'" and "This Boy's Life," or an odd family's love in the "Glass Castle." It's about emotional abuse—the worst kind. Children don't choose their parents or status. Some find nurturing parents. Some don't. Some resist or run away. I was trapped. Dad's drunken sprees, constant moving, arguing by parents in a loveless marriage, and mind games played at their children's expense, all seemed normal to me. My story is about finding the keys to surviving in such a family and sharing the examples and results of life lessons learned. I live in Memphis Tennessee where my wife Glenda and I raised three children. I am a graduate of the University of Memphis and now retired after a career as a merchandising executive. My hobbies are golf and writing.
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Daddy's Boy takes the reader through the author's lonely and unhappy upbringing during World War II and into his teens. Young Reed endures the challenges of a dysfunctional home life; hostile alcoholic father, passive mom and the insecurity of constantly moving in a navy family. The way he responds to his enviroment and the events in his life makes for a compelling, fast moving read. Author Reed does a superb job of making the book flow. His writing style and structured plot bring the book together and leave the reader with a deep sense of empathy that is lacking in most books about family issues.