Having grown up with an abusive stepfather who beat his mother and constantly reminded him that his daddy abandoned him, Chris Gardner made himself a promise: Ill never leave my children. Its a vow hes kept, despite a sea of setbacks that would have broken the spirit of any ordinary man.
In this painfully honestyet hopeful and, at times, funnymemoir, Gardner goes from the highs of landing an apprenticeship at one of Wall Streets toniest firms to the lows of life after a pink slip left him jobless and unable to pay his rent, from marital bliss to the nadir of being homeless with a toddler in tow. Moving from one motel to another and finally to the streets, Gardner never gave in to despair but instead persevered, even when he and his son found themselves sleeping in the bathrooms of a citys subway system.
Parts Finding Fish and The Pact, The Pursuit of Happyness is a mythic, triumphant, and unstintingly honest memoir whose hero will appeal to every American.