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Dawn's Early Light Hardcover – March 31, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Rosebud Publishing (March 31, 2001)
  • ISBN-10: 061511234X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615112343
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,499,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Pierce O'Donnell, one of the nation's leading trial lawyers, has a second career as a writer and producer. Fatal Subtratction: How Hollywood Really Does Business (with Dennis McDouglas) is a best-selling account of his landmark victory for Pulitzer Prize-winner Art Buchwald against Paramount Pictures in the famous Coming to America case. (Forbes hailed him as "the new Perry Mason in Hollywood.") A member of P.E.N., Pierce has scripted several works of nonfiction, a play, a children's book, and numerous articles. His first motion picture, Home Team (co-writer producer), featuring Steve Guttenburg, has been released in Europe and Canada by Universal and will soon be seen in the United States. His home is in Pasadena, California where he coaches Little League and stuggles to learn the piano at age 53.

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By Arn Woods on June 17, 2001
O'Donnell has written an eloquent book of poetry about falling out of love after 22 years of marriage and despairing of ever finding true love again. In what he describes as a gift from God, this top trial lawyer recounts in vivid images the miracle of falling in love with "the light of his life." The poems range from lyrical to whimsical, from mystical to nonsensical. What makes the poems so compelling is the author's willingness to be utterly vulnerable, exposing his raw emotions like fingernails on a blackboard. The poems about his family--the birth of his three new children with Dawn, accounts of his two older children's athletic exploits and graduation, and the baptism of a son in Ireland--are especially touching. The author's Introduction reveals that this poetry was never written for publication but rather inspired by the events recounted in the poems. The absence of pretense, coupled with the spontaneity of the verse (both ryhming and free), make the poems all the more honest. I particularly liked the opening poem about nostalgia (Lilacs on the Pond), the two lovers in bed at sunrise (Dawn's Early Light)and the eulogy to O'Donnell's father (A Hole in My Heart). This is poetry that is both accessible and relevant to our lives. That it was written by someone who spends most of his time in a courtroom makes it all the more remarkable. This is a true love story well worth reading.
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By A Customer on June 19, 2001
A passionate, moving collection of poems about love lost and then love regained as a late 40s renowned trial lawyer ends a passionless 24 year marriage and despairs of ever finding true love again. Miraculously, he finds and falls in love with "the light of his life"--Dawn. She is the object of much of the honest affection in this remarkable book of poetry. O'Donnell also writes eloquently about ordinary events in his life as well as the birth and baptism of his children. There is special magic in his description of holidays like Christmas and Halloween. The poems should be savored by reading and absorbing only a few at a time.
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