Last Chance for a Father and Son
By Barry Neil Kaufman
(HJ Kramer/New World Library, Hardcover, 9781932073027, 320pp.)
Publication Date: March 2003
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Barry Kaufman’s life has been spent helping others cope with severe adversities and traumas. When he learned of his father’s cancer diagnosis, he had to summon all of his strength. That struggle, and the surprising rewards that came from it, are the subject of No Regrets. Kaufman’s father, Abe, was a man of simple tastes, modest aspirations, and respectable accomplishments who dared, at age 85, to open his heart in the face of a terminal illness. His son was not ready for it at first, having depleted his emotional reserves when his own son was diagnosed as irreversibly autistic. This moving book about the unbreakable bond between a father and son shows how one man learned to confront and finally celebrate life’s transitions. It is an inspiring memoir of the relationship between a son and his dying father.