To Sidney, with Love
Posted by Debbie
I was a 14-year-old living in New Jersey whose father just died in an auto accident when I first saw A Patch of Blue. That movie filled my soul. The blind girl represented how lonely and isolated I felt as a shy girl in middle school, yet she had the courage and ignorance to make it to the park and string her beads. And here comes this great protector/kindred spirit of a man, much more worldly and experienced than the girl, who could watch over and maybe fall in love with her. And he stood up and saved her from the incredibly evil mother played by Shelley Winters. That was my introduction to The Man.
I love the book because of the picture he paints of his childhood and early adulthood and the story he tells of his life.