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.
'A hauntingly beautiful account of a family fractured by war ... filled with vivid and heartbreaking details.' New Your Times Book Review
'Full of wonderful treasures offered by a unique and spirited father ... written with serene grace: part memoir, part love story, all heart.' James McBride, author of The Color of Water
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In 2005, Dana Canedy's fiance, First Sergeant Charles Monroe King, began to write what would become a 200-page journal for his son in case he did not make it home from the war in Iraq. King, forty-eight, was killed on October 14, 2006. His son, Jordan, was seven months old.
Inspired by his example, Dana was determined to preserve his memory for their son. A JOURNAL FOR JORDAN is a mother's fiercely honest letter to her child about the parent he lost before he could speak. It is also a father's advice and prayers for the son he will never know - wrenching accounts of losing men in battle mixed with advice on everything from how to withstand disappointment to how to behave on a date.
This is also the story of Dana and Charles together - two seemingly mismatched souls who loved each other deeply and lost each other too soon. 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.
'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