Jack’s Boy was a difficult book to write and when I was finished with the first draft I could barely stand to revise it.  I only hope that a kid somewhere will read it and realize he or she isn’t alone; or, that a parent might read it and change; or that an uncle, aunt, brother or sister might read it and send out a tentacle of help and hope; that help will come.  In my career as a juvenile justice lawyer for Legal Services, a mentor at an inner city Middle School, and as a development guy for a big suburban school district, I’ve met a lot of kids who grew up in the shadow of alcohol.  This book is for them, all of them.  I hope they find peace