First and foremost I want to acknowledge my wife Judith Sherven whose emotional presence is for me an indispensable source of strength, whose penetrating intellect keeps me alert, whose indefatigable capacity for work leaves me in awe, the depth of her love is without bottom, and also she’s just plain fun to be with. Thank You, Judith.

And of course I must acknowledge the family into which I was born and through which I was raised. My grandparents journeyed from the ancient fields of Poland to what for them was the psychologically and spiritually wild fields of the New World—Detroit. The Old World was not merely confronted by the New World, it was torn apart. The family was the core of their new life and the house I lived in was their stronghold. I salute their spirit, their blind tenacity, and what they accomplished.

I also want to thank a number of people who have participated in supporting me during the evolution of this story.

Signe Dayhoff, PhD, a brilliant writer in her own right, whose incisive feedback began when she read what was then just the initial sketch and has been totally available with her writer’s mind and her woman’s feelings.

Art Klein, my dear friend whose perception is unstintingly keen, whose passion is immeasurable, whose compassion is grounded in wisdom, whose eyes see from his soul, who is a mensch of the first order.

Bill Sniechowski, D.C., C.C.S.P., my brother, and his wife Kelly Cline, PhD, brought an unlimited tenderness to their creative and constructive response to my manuscript. Never judgmental, they embraced the characters and respected their struggles.

Duke and Maryanne Stroud helped me refine the dialogue so that the characters sounded real and from the street.

Tom Albertson provided me with the deepest insight I’d ever known into the difference between the active and passive voice, bringing an excitement and verve to the text.