The Kid With Broken Glasses


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Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to: Sun Youth Montreal / Orange and Protestant Children’s Home Foundation. This true, first-person memoir of a boy’s perseverance in the face of family dysfunction and adversity in the Montreal area of the 1960s and early ’70s offers a harrowing look inside a child’s soul-crushing loss of innocence between the ages of 4 and 16. Wawa, one of seven children born to an alcoholic father and clinically depressed mother, refuses offers to fix his broken glasses, wearing them as an outward statement of his heartbreakingly broken life. His hunger for love and guidance and his will to survive to adulthood in the face of fear, loneliness, anxiety, hardship and poverty will have readers cheering him on. This is an account that resonates with the lives of thousands of abused and neglected children who remain invisible. Wawa is the voice of the silent ones.

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A world traveller, photographer, and author, Walter Manuel comes from a diverse background of experiences that have led him to write his debut book.
You can’t make this up: Walter’s house got hit by lightning in June of 2017. That day, he knew his life had changed and he made the decision to retire from an aspiring career in Real Estate.

Always wanting to write about his traumatic childhood and to be able to give back to the silent ones, Walter decided to write his debut novel as a memoir, a book about feelings. A fascinating, heartbreaking and harrowing look written in the first-person about the growing-up experiences of a child who suffers much neglect and abuse.
As he was writing his memoir the two homes that are in the book, burned to the ground erasing Walter’s physical past.

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4 avis pour The Kid With Broken Glasses

  1. Barry Twynam (client confirmé)

    Walter I don’t know what a number one book looks like, but this is by far the best book I ever read. It kept me up till 5 AM reading it. Surprising how, our lives paralleled so closely, except for a slight time shift. Yours must have had a steroid injection. Who would have thought N.D.G. and LaMacaza and two cottages separated by one lot, mostly cloned in their construction and carved into the steep edge of Laurentian mountains. The difference in your story is that around the time you meet Jerry, he was on the down curve and would spend the rest of his life struggling to make up for the destruction his misdeeds had caused and that of your father. I am glad you got to know Patrick, (my favorite brother), at a time when unbeknownst to either of you, you needed each other’s friendship so much. You hear of people being referred to a survivor, who have had single traumas experiences, not taking anything away from those life altering experiences, you are as a SURVIVOR! I hope your book inspires people going through similar experiences to find the tenacity, courage, sheer willpower and the ability to direct their anger to push themselves forward and not become a VICTIM! I have purchased a number of your books and plan to give them to people who I think need to read this. Great job WaWa, like a musician needs to make music, you needed to write this book. This is a must read.

  2. Patrick (client confirmé)

    The kid with broken glasses really touched on the loss of a child’s innocence. As I read thru this memoir, I can not help but place myself in your shoes. I took this journey along with you as I engulfed deep into each word. Many innocent children experience tremendous trauma and never knowing who to turn to. You helped me understand that I/we are not alone and your encouraging words soothe me during my time of healing. You gave us hope when we felt there was none and you gave us courage when we are feeling weak. Thank you for sharing your story with us and please continue the magic that you possess.

  3. Peter (client confirmé)

    A book with honest and revealing look through the lens of a child, trying his best to navigate a life of flawed parents, bureaucratic inefficiencies, and circumstances far beyond his control.
    There are many, many stories like this one. Stories that largely remain untold, ignored and dismissed.
    But this story cannot be ignored.
    The prose is honest and straightforward. The story is at times beautiful and wonderful, but often heartbreaking, maddening and frustrating.
    This is the life of a child, which is the prelude for the adult. It’s an important story, because so many people all over the world have experienced difficult and traumatic childhoods, and everyone must be aware that every adult we meet has possibly survived these traumas, are hurting from these difficult events, and they are all doing their best.
    My appreciation for the author’s courage for telling his story honestly, thoughtfully and artfully in this book knows no bounds.
    Read it

  4. Donna (client confirmé)

    After a few pages, you are hooked. The writer immediately draws you into the story. His vivid descriptions make you feel like you are right there with him. While it is a story of neglect and abuse, it is also a story of perseverance and of overcoming challenges. The references to various places brought back memories of my own childhood. I laughed at parts and cried at others. One is left hoping there will be a continuation of this story. We rooted for the underdog and felt his frustration. We cheered him on as he never gave up. We had lumps in our throats as he faced one challenge after another. Not everyone has an ideal childhood. By the end of the book, we just want to know that this child went on to have a decent life, the one he was robbed of. Kudos to the author. Thank you for sharing your story! You are simply awesome!

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