The story that's travelling the globe!
New editions coming soon in Spanish, Korean and Dutch...
American hardcover and paperback
Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness tells a tale that is both
bizarre and true. It began several years back Joel was diagnosed with
thyroid cancer. Though usually a treatable form of the disease, in his
case there was a strange complication; when he awoke from surgery, he
discovered he could no longer speak.
So it was he found himself living inside a story as strange as
any he had ever told, filled with twists and turns he could not
His life unravelled, not just as a professional storyteller,
but as a husband and father of two young children. Yet, over
time, he came
to see his loss as a gift for the lessons it brought, about listening,
loving and letting go.
This book recounts Joel's journey, a true tale woven together
by the stories he has collected in his travels. It follows the
of his tale, leading up to the strangest twist of all—a year and
one-half after he had lost his voice, long after he had given up hope
of its return, it was miraculously restored to him. In the end, he was
left with this story—“...a tale of lost horses and
found wisdom, of buried treasures and wild strawberries, of the
and the secret of happiness.”
BOOK SENSE selection.
less than a spiritual odyssey.”
love this book. I love this book. I love this book...Heartwarming,
smart and wonderfully written.”
(240pp) / ISBN 1-565 12-290-9
$12.95 (228pp) / ISBN-10 1-56512-512-6 / Algonquin Books
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