–from a reader: When my mom lived in Ohio she made it to the State Final as a Quiz kid. All I could think of when I read your book.
At my book launch I had a diverse crowd. From my contacts in the neighborhood there were a few folks who used to sleep under the bridge in the park, and are now, thankfully, housed. A few days after the launch —– approached me and said, “I read your book.” I told her it means a lot to me that she bought one (on her limited budget!), and that she’d read it already. “Oh, that’s nothing—I’m half way through reading it a second time.” I really did want to cry. I appreciate so much her reading it once let alone a second time. “You know who I identify with? Hassan, the kid they made fun of, an outsider.”
You see my friend grew up outside of American society. As a Native American she has struggled all her life with identity; how does she fit in this land, this country?
Thank you friend for your kind words and thoughtful reading.
Thank you everyone who came to the Book Launch Party and are connecting with Cloud of Witnesses. I look forward to hearing your story/stories.