"The thought entered my mind that I didn’t have a dad present. Would he be proud? Was he persistent like me? Just how were we alike?"

Field, although now an attorney in Minnesota, grew up poor and without knowledge of his biological father. His mother worked grueling hours in the fields as a migrant. Because she had to leave her children to fend for themselves during the day, social services showed up and separated the kids. His mother even resorted to “kidnapping” Field back from the foster parents. Though he lived a rough life, sometimes shoplifted, and had to “break into” his own home, Field is still revealed to the reader of this memoir as a good person with immense ability and enormous potential but in some ways a victim of his poor surroundings. Field found sanctuary in writing at an early age, in competitive chess, and at the library. He eventually made it into law school at the University of Connecticut. He flirted with Christianity. He met and fell in love with his wife, Betty.

Through the struggles and the accomplishments alike, Field understandably always had a nagging wonder about his Dad. The author never gave up his quest. “I believed in miracles now because of my powerful experience of becoming a Christian,” writes Field. “So, I ordered the DNA kit.” It paid off. Thanks to Google, ancestry websites, and Facebook, he finally found his father, aged 87. He also reconnected with seven siblings. “This is incredible!” Field admitted. “I am a sobbing mess right now.” Fox News covered their eventual first face-to-face encounter.

Field writes a gripping life account in an extremely likable manner. The eventual in-person meeting with his father and other siblings leaves the reader excitedly taking in the detailed information, eager to turn page after page. One is left feeling blessed to know the good heart, mind, and soul of this everyday man on a mission. And the end result just might leave the reader, like the author, in tears.

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