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A Long Walk With Sally: A Grieving Father's Golf Journey Back to Life Paperback – December 1, 2015
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"This is much more than a golf book or travelogue; it's a moving saga of a father's search for solace and a testament to the healing powers of man's best game."
~ George Peper, Editor of Links Magazine
"David Clark's absorbing narrative shows how tragedy can be a source of inspiration. Equally absorbing is how golf proved to be his great refuge."
~ Donald Steel, Author of Classic Golf Links
"A Long Walk with Sally is a story of hope, faith, and the enduring power of love--the love of a child, the love between husband and wife, and the love of nature and the game of golf. David's story is much more than a story of the game of golf, it is a narrative that reveals how peace and God's grace can be found in the most unexpected circumstances."
~ David L. Cook, Ph.D., Author/Executive Producer Seven Days in Utopia
"A very readable book. Brilliant and emotional...Worth 1,000 stars."
About the Author
David Clark, Jr. is a successfully retired real estate developer, recognized community leader, and avid golf enthusiast. After losing his 19-year old daughter and niece, he chronicled his 10-year grief journey among the untamed links of Great Britain in search of peace. A devoted husband and father of two sons, he currently resides in North Carolina.
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I teach writing professionally, and I am impressed with the quality and honesty of this book. It cuts close to the bone and reveals the crater in the heart of a grieving parent that can never be filled. I admire and congratulate David for being able to summon the courage and strength not only to play nearly 300 golf courses in the British Isles to confront his grief, but also to write about that odyssey.
Why only 4 stars? I only give 5 when I'm over the moon, and this book left me wanting more. I know it is a personal response, and David is true to his own experience. But I would have loved to have heard more of the voices of Joe, Anne, David, Helen, Jim, Katie, Christopher, Jim Jr., Graham, and Reynolds--the rest of the two families who were equally devastated. This is a book about the isolation and loneliness of grief, and about one man who pits himself against nature and accomplishes an admirable goal that helps him cope. But I keep thinking about the grief not shared here. "We grieve together and we grieve alone," is a motto David often quotes. This is the story of his grieving alone.
I highly recommend this book for grieving families, especially fathers. The literature is dominated by the stories of mothers and daughters and this book is a welcome masculine voice. It takes its place alongside Cheryl Strayed's "Wild" in the genre of grieving through personal ordeal. While it helps to know the links courses described, as a non-golfer, I still got the sense of the wildness and weather of these remote seaside, often unknown, links.
David Clark's story should prove fascinating for everyone, particularly for those who have experienced the loss of a child. Although having a love of golf is an added benefit, you don't have to be a golfer to appreciate the book.
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