“The book reads like a novel... But it has the ring of truth, and an uplifting message that endures.” (The New York Times)
Once a happily married businessman, an avid golfer, and the proud owner of several luxury cars and three boats, conservative-minded Richard LeMieux saw his fortune change almost overnight. In this now classic memoir that has touched thousands of readers across the globe, LeMieux describes his descent into homelessness and his struggle to survive personal and economic disaster.
Evicted from his home in 2002 and living with his dog, Willow, in a beat-up old van, LeMieux finds himself penniless and estranged from his family and friends. He dines at the Salvation Army (Sally’s), attempts suicide, and is treated at a mental hospital, where he is diagnosed with depression.
Writing on a secondhand manual typewriter, first at a picnic table in a public park, and then wherever he can, LeMieux describes his odyssey and the quirky, diverse, and endearing cast of characters found among the homeless people of Bremerton, Washington, and by extension, everywhere else.
Breakfast at Sally’s is a rare inside look at how the other America lives, and how one man, beaten down and alone, was able to reconnect, to find good people, and, ultimately, with their help, to persevere. Updated with an all-new chapter, interviews with the author, a book club guide, and an obituary for Willow.
A happy husband and successful business owner, author Richard LeMieux suddenly loses it all: luxury cars and rounds of golf give way to homelessness and Salvation Army dinners in this real-life riches-to-rags tale of hardship and redemption. Smoky-tongued baritone Dick Hill performs here with humility and conviction, conjuring shades of the great folk storyteller Utah Phillips, himself no stranger to the rambling life. Living in a van with only his dog Willow for companionship, LeMieux is moved to the brink of suicide. Struggling with depression and unable to find medical help, LeMieux travels from one town to the next, finding a renewed sense of community and purpose amongst the similarly hard-up friends and acquaintances he meets along the way.
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Compelling look at homelessness
I just didn't buy into the story. It seemed more fictional than non-fiction.
This is an account of his experience so what happened, happened. However, having a similar experience (living out of my car for 9 months) I just don't believe a large portion of it.
Not for me.
Having been in a similar situation I just cannot buy into this story. It is more of a fictional tale and leaves me doubting the authenticity of it. But I have not been to that part of the country so it may be true. I found it hard to relate to the author and characters. Many people have liked this book but unfortunately I found myself wanting my money back.
- Sutton Parks