Author Connie Hall had an inside look into her late father’s life and the struggles he faced while trying to parent two children. Hall explores life’s greater meaning through the eyes of her father in her new novel, Valedictorian: A Story of the Hidden Glory of a Troubled Life, which I recently got to review.
It's at times a hard book to read, thinking about a kid basically on his own so young. However, it does have a satisfying ending, as Wilbur finally finds promise, joy, and fulfillment in his life. It's a way for Connie to answer the questions her own father posed to her starting in her youth: Why am I here? What is my purpose? And it's a question we all have, so reading one person's journey can help us find our own.Born to alcoholic parents and forced to depend on only himself at eight years old, Wilbur, the protagonist based on Hall’s father, fought for success through intelligence, hard work and a life of dedicated military service. Unfortunately, life’s devastating blows overshadow Wilbur’s remarkable accomplishments and cause him to question life’s value until one person lifts the veil and reveals his true purpose.