The Pale-Faced Lie: A True Story by David Crow
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 344 pages Genre: Memoir
Publisher: Sandra Jonas Publishing House
Release date: May 7, 2019 | Tour dates: May 6 to 17, 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 + Mature subject matter of abusive parenting. No explicit pornographic sex, but frequent profanity.
Growing up on the Navajo Indian Reservation, David Crow and his three siblings idolized their dad. Tall, strong, smart, and brave, the self-taught Cherokee regaled his family with stories of his World War II feats. But as time passed, David discovered the other side of Thurston Crow, the ex-con with his own code of ethics that justified cruelty, violence, lies—even murder.
A shrewd con artist with a genius IQ, Thurston intimidated David with beatings to coerce him into doing his criminal bidding. David’s mom, too mentally ill to care for her children, couldn’t protect him. One day, Thurston packed up the house and took the kids, leaving her with nothing. Soon he remarried, and David learned that his stepmother was just as vicious and abusive as his father.
Through sheer determination, and with the help of a few angels along the way, David managed to get into college and achieve professional success. When he finally found the courage to stop helping his father with his criminal activities, he unwittingly triggered a plot of revenge that would force him into a showdown with Thurston Crow. With lives at stake, including his own, David would have only twenty-four hours to outsmart his father—the brilliant, psychotic man who bragged that the three years he spent in the notorious San Quentin State Prison had been the easiest time of his life.
The Pale-Faced Lie is a searing, raw, palpable memoir that reminds us what an important role our parents play in our lives. Most of all, it’s an inspirational story about the power of forgiveness and the ability of the human spirit to rise above adversity, no matter the cost.
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Review by LAWonder10:
This is a devastating tale of a family beyond dysfunctional! The cruelty and neglect of children is heart-wrenching!
Pale-Faced Lie is a testimonial of how one can rise above his/her circumstances and challenges to become whoever they want to be.
Not only did David Crow have to overcome incredible childhood neglect, abuse and delinquency, but, also, learning disability and poor hearing and sight.
David's tale is an inspiration to all, but I disliked the continual profanity and crude language. I unerstand that i part of the effect of what he endured but the reader could have "got the picture" with less actual strong language.
Pale-faced Lie is a great Title. It is a "play on words" because of the parent's Indian/Caucasian heritage. It is also about continual lies. The Cover is eye-catching and depicts the story content well.
This is very well written and successfully keeps the reader's interest throght his story. One can feel the intensity of the emotions and situations portrayd through diction.
I offer a strong Four Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me, with no request for a positive review. This is my honest review.
PRAISE For the BOOK:
“[Crow] has considerable wisdom to impart, and an unexpected ending that will linger in memory. I promise that you've never read a book quite like this one."
—Jeff Guinn, New York Times bestselling author
“…A memoir of an extraordinary life that is lifted by extraordinary storytelling….It is emotionally engaging, consistently entertaining, and nearly impossible to put down.”
—James Anderson, author of The Never-Open Desert Diner and Lullaby Road
“Heartbreaking and gut wrenchingly honest. Anyone with a troubled childhood should read The Pale-Faced Lie. David Crow’s book is proof that hope rises from the ashes.”
—Chris Enss, New York Times best-selling author
Meet the Author:
David Crow spent his early years on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona and New Mexico. Through grit, resilience, and a thirst for learning, he managed to escape his abusive childhood, graduate from college, and build a successful lobbyist business in Washington. Today, David is a sought-after speaker, giving talks to various businesses and trade organizations around the world.
Throughout the years, he has mentored over 200 college interns, performed pro bono service for the charitable organization Save the Children, and participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. An advocate for women, he will donate 10 percent of his book royalties to Barrett House, a homeless shelter for women in Albuquerque. David and his wife, Patty, live in the suburbs of DC.
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