... a rare beast in the world of Canadian literature.
... a remarkable read.
... a deeply personal and deeply passionate story.
Elegant and moving, The Stone Thrower is not simply a book about football, or race, or fathers and daughters, although it is indeed all of those things. Richardson’s memoir is cinematic and triumphant, a book for anyone who has ever felt on the outside looking in and longed to understand why.
Tanis Rideout, author of Above All Things
Jael Ealey Richardson has written a beautiful and compelling story about her wonderful father and what she discovered about herself as she learned about his remarkable past. Chuck Ealey was my childhood sports hero, and when I met him years later, I realized he was just as good a person as I had hoped he would be.… It’s a masterful father-daughter story.
Christine Brennan, USA Today sports columnist, author of Best Seat in the House
This is the story of recovered memories, of a child born to tolerance who must decipher her father’s unexplained and very different past and then endeavor to understand it. Jael Ealey Richardson makes her own terms and then struggles to meet them through a soul-searching, beautifully detailed journey, finding the truth of her father’s life along with her own.
Linda Spalding, author of The Purchase