Out of the Canyon
A True Story of Loss and Love
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On a crisp winter’s day in Glenwood Canyon, Colorado, Art Daily suffered a terrible tragedy. While driving home with his family from a youth hockey game, a large boulder dislodged from the canyon wall and struck their car, killing his wife and two sons–while leaving him inexplicably untouched. In one instant, Art’s entire life crumbled, leaving him feeling utterly alone. As family, friends, and the entire Aspen community rushed in to offer comfort and support, Art faced what he imagined to be a bleak and lonely future. But what he found surprised him: the healing power of a stranger’s grace.
That stranger was Allison, a twenty-eight-year-old Texan who had stopped in Aspen on her way to a new life. Allison was a woman struggling with her own grief following her older brother’s suicide and the end of her marriage. When she heard of Art’s tragedy, she felt compelled to reach out to him, a person whom she had never met but with whom she identified deeply. Art and Allison forged a close friendship, tending to each other’s wounds and eventually falling in love and starting a family. And through it all, the living memory of Art’s wife and sons guided and comforted them.
Out of the Canyon is the inspiring story of how two people found the courage to move on after profound heartbreak. Art and Allison teach us that it is not only possible to live through such turmoil, but to embrace life anew. And, with humility and understanding, they offer direct insight and advice on what truly helped them deal with irreversible change and how we can do the same.
Praise For Out of the Canyon: A True Story of Loss and Love…
“This is the story of the worst thing that can possibly happen to you. It would be too shattering to read were it not also the story of the best thing that could ever happen to anyone. OUT OF THE CANYON serves as evidence that life sometimes hides the most precious gift inside the very heart of darkness.”
"[An] intensely affecting first memoir....A powerful account of our ability to recover from emotional devastation and love again, this book will appeal to anyone who has experienced personal tragedy, those who can appreciate finding a life partner under unexpected circumstances, and those who don't mind a good cry."
"OUT OF THE CANYON tells the Dailys' infinitely sad, improbably uplifting story. The book is one thing - a well-told account of a brave, unlikely recovery from the unthinkable. But stronger than words are the Dailys themselves; simply being in their presence — compassionate and humble — is like being surrounded by an enormous grace. It is the convincing exclamation point on their book."
“How can a book about unspeakable tragedy be uplifting and joyful? Allison and Art Daily’s story manages to be that and more. It offers hope to all of us who grieve and stands as a tribute to the human spirit and the possibilities that exist even when we feel that there are none. Out of the Canyon shows us hope, inspiration, love, and yes, even joy.”
–Ann Hood, author of Comfort
“Out of the Canyon is a riveting and powerful witness to the healing power of love and spirit over the worst, most unimaginable loss. It both shatters your heart and deeply heals it all at once. Reading it will be a profound gift to all who have ever lost a loved one, or may.”
–Sonia Choquette, author of The Answer Is Simple and Trust Your Vibes
Crown, 9780307409409, 288pp.
Publication Date: May 12, 2009
About the Author
ALLISON DAILY is the director of Pathfinders -Valley Angels, a nonprofit organization that serves Aspen-area cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. She works as a substitute teacher in the Aspen public school system and as a unit clerk in the obstetrics department of Aspen Valley Hospital.