A searching, poignant memoir of love and loss, in which two seemingly mismatched people, a career soldier fiercely devoted to his men and a big-city journalist, find each other - only to be parted by a tragedy in Baghdad.
In 2005, First Sergeant Charles Monroe King, First Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment, Fourth Infantry Division, began to write what would become a 200-page journal for his son in case he did not make it home from Iraq. King, forty-eight, was killed on October 14, 2006. His son, Jordan, was six months old.
A JOURNAL FOR JORDAN is a father's letter to the son he will never see - wrenching accounts of losing men in battle mixed with advice on everything from how to withstand disappointment to how to behave on a date. It is also a mother's search for answers. Why did King volunteer for the mission that killed him? Why was it such a struggle to accept this man she deeply loved as he was? Optioned for film by Denzel Washington and Columbia Pictures, A JOURNAL FOR JORDAN is a tender introduction, a loving good-bye, a reporter's inquiry into her soldier's life and a heartrending reminder of the human cost of war.
About the Author
DANA CANEDY is assistant national news editor for the NEW YORK TIMES. In 2001, she was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. Raised near Fort Knox, she now lives with her son Jordan in New York City.
'This book is a living, breathing legacy. It's full of wonderful treasures offered by a unique and spirited father, whose loving words of wisdom to his infant son are a rite of passage that will transform us all. It is written with serene grace: part memoir, part love story, all heart.' [James McBride, author of THE COLOR OF WATER]
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: February 2009
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 13.5 x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.31