The Stone Thrower: A Daughter's Lessons, a Father's Life by Jael Ealey RichardsonThe Stone Thrower: A Daughter's Lessons, a Father's Life by Jael Ealey Richardson

The Stone Thrower: A Daughter's Lessons, a Father's Life

byJael Ealey Richardson

Paperback | August 29, 2012

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A daughter discovers herself while uncovering her father's legendary past in football.

At the age of thirty, Jael Ealey Richardson travelled with her father - former CFL quarterback Chuck Ealey - for the first time to a small town in southern Ohio for his fortieth high school reunion. Knowing very little about her father's past, Richardson was searching for the story behind her father's move from the projects of Portsmouth, Ohio to Canada's professional football league in the early 1970s. At the railroad tracks where her father first learned to throw with stones, Jael begins an unexpected journey into her family's past.

In this engaging father-daughter memoir, Richardson records some of her father's never-before told stories: his relationship with his absentee father, memories of his high school and college football victories - including a winning record that remains unbroken to this day - and his up-and-down relationship with the woman he would one day marry.

As Richardson begins unravelling the story of her father's life, she begins to compare her own childhood growing up in Canada, with her father's US civil rights era upbringing. Along the way, she also discovers the real reason - despite his athletic accomplishments - her father was never drafted into the National Football League.

The Stone Thrower is a moving story about race and destiny written by a daughter looking for answers about her own black history. Using insightful interviews, archival records and her personal reflections, Richardson's journey to learn about her father's past leads her to her own important discoveries about herself, and what it really means to be black in Canada.
Jael Richardson is an award-winning author with an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Richardson lives in Brampton, Ontario, where she serves as the founder and Artistic Director for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD).
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Title:The Stone Thrower: A Daughter's Lessons, a Father's LifeFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.75 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:August 29, 2012Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1771022051

ISBN - 13:9781771022057

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Wonderful Book I have read this book twice now and each time I take away new insights, new lessons, and great respect for Chuck and his family. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2018-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazingly Riveting Read One of the most unique memoirs I've ever read. Brilliant writing! Richardson eloquently gives her readers a raw and introspective juxtaposition of race/identity issues in the later 60s & early 70s in the US and in modern day Canada. Her account of the experience of ' Blackness' in Canada is relevant and can be easily understood no matter the background of the reader. Looking forward to a sequel or a second volume including RIchardson's son (mentioned to be in utero during the time of writing) and his experience. Canadians should proudly support this homegrown talent!
Date published: 2012-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant book! From the minute I started reading this book, I found that I couldn't put it down. The author covers so many issues in such as race, religion, football, family and the search for our own identity, in such a moving and insightful way. There were times in the book when I was smiling at the triumphant parts of the book and there were times when tears came to my eyes as I read about the personal hardships and tragedies experienced by those in the novel. The book gives and honest perspective of the differences between Canadian and American societies, as well as the struggles that many people have on the journey to find out who they really are.
Date published: 2012-09-16

Editorial Reviews

This is the story of recovered memories, of a child born to tolerance who must decipher her father's unexplained and very different past and then endeavor to understand it. Jael Ealey Richardson makes her own terms and then struggles to meet them through a soul-searching, beautifully detailed journey, finding the truth of her father's life along with her own. - Linda Spalding, author of The Purchase