Finding Fish by Antwone Q. Fisher
A Memoir

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Baby Boy Fisher was raised in institutions from the moment of his birth in prison to a single mother. He ultimately came to live with a foster family, where he endured near-constant verbal and physical abuse. In his mid-teens he escaped and enlisted in the navy, where he became a man of the world, raised by the family he created for himself.

Finding Fish shows how, out of this unlikely mix of deprivation and hope, an artist was born -- first as the child who painted the feelings his words dared not speak, then as a poet and storyteller who would eventually become one of Hollywood's most sought-after screenwriters.

A tumultuous and ultimately gratifying tale of self-discovery written in Fisher's gritty yet melodic literary voice, Finding Fish is an unforgettable reading experience.


About Antwone Q. Fisher

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Antwone Fisher is the author of the New York Times bestseller Finding Fish. He is also the screenwriter of the film Antwone Fisher, based on his life and directed by Academy Award winner Denzel Washington. Fisher lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters. Mim Eichler Rivas is the author of the acclaimed Beautiful Jim Key, as well as the coauthor of more than eighteen books, including The Pursuit of Happyness and Finding Fish with Antwone Fisher.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 354 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Subjected to routine physical and emotional abuse by Mrs. Pickett (and sexual abuse by a neighbor), “Fish,” as he was called, coped by keeping his thoughts and feelings hidden and living for the brief, unexpected moments of kindness and understanding from teachers and social workers.

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Writing in a deft mix of elegant prose and forceful dialect, Fisher is especially adept at dramatizing the tactics of control and intimidation practiced by his foster mother on the abused children in her care, such as crushing Fisher's self-esteem by calling him worthless, shaming one girl after ...

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In the 1950s, Cleveland Ohio was a proud place that was a brand name city, a family city, a ball city, and a city that was filled with the entertainment of jazz music, gospel music, doo-wop music, blues music, and the music of the symphony.

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Scant wonder that Denzel Washington seized on Finding Fish as source material for his forthcoming directorial debut: Antwone Fisher's autobiography is full of the sort of grueling emotional assault-and-battery and too-good-to-be-true personal redemption that wins Oscars nine years out of ten.

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Entertainment Weekly

Fisher was born in 1959 to a jailed teen mother and a dad who was already dead from a gun blast.

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