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July 27 , 2010

The Morphine Dream


Starting at age 13 when his father’s suicide spun his family into chaos, Donald Brown found himself swirling in a sea of uncertainty. He rebelled, was labeled a “loser,” dropped out of high school, and put a promising baseball career on hold to join the Marines. A freak accident put his plans out of reach so he settled for a factory job where an industrial accident smashed his knee and left him wheelchair-bound. When told he would never walk again, Brown considered suicide as he watched not one but two marriages fail.

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But while on morphine for pain from surgery Brown had a dream: to graduate from Harvard Law School and walk across the USA. Everyone told him he was crazy but through sheer determination and much serendipity, Brown realized his dream. This amazing story chronicles Brown’s journey, both physical and metaphorical, to recalibrate his life. From Boston to Big Sur, from the factory floor to the halls of the Ivy League, this book celebrates America and offers hope for anyone who needs a change or is forced with creating a new beginning. The Morphine Dream will leave you cheering.

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