Synopses & Reviews
Born in prison to a single mother after his father was shot and killed, Antwone Fisher soon became a ward of Cleveland's foster care system. By the time he was five years old, he had been transferred to several different families. Eventually he came to live with the Picketts, an older couple with grown children of their own. During his stay with the Picketts, which lasted until he was 17 years old, Antwone suffered near-constant verbal and physical abuse at the hands of "Mizz Pickett," and sexual abuse from a neighbor. The damage to his self-esteem was tremendous, yet Antwone managed to resist the gang-like behavior and drug use that so many of his friends were engaged in. Finally he escaped and before long he was living on the streets, homeless. Again rescuing himself, he enlisted in the Navy, where he created a "family" for himself and with the help of a Navy psychologist, he also worked through his past. After he leaves the Navy, while working as a security guard at Sony Pictures in Hollywood, he tells his story to one of the executives there, who encourages him to write his life as a screenplay. In a twist right out of a movie fantasy, Antwone's script is bought and will be directed by Denzel Washington.
"Finding Fish" is the memoir of Antwone Fisher's miraculous journey from abandonment and abuse to liberation, manhood, and extraordinary success. A tumultuous and ultimately gratifying tale of self-discovery, "Finding Fish" is an unforgettable reading experience.
Baby Boy Fisher was raised in institutions from the moment of his birth in prison to a single mother. He ultimately came to live with a foster family, where he endured near-constant verbal and physical abuse. In his mid-teens he escaped and enlisted in the navy, where he became a man of the world, raised by the family he created for himself.
Finding Fish shows how, out of this unlikely mix of deprivation and hope, an artist was born -- first as the child who painted the feelings his words dared not speak, then as a poet and storyteller who would eventually become one of Hollywood's most sought-after screenwriters.
A tumultuous and ultimately gratifying tale of self-discovery written in Fisher's gritty yet melodic literary voice, Finding Fish is an unforgettable reading experience.
About the Author
Antwone Fisher is the author of the New York Times
bestseller Finding Fish.
He is also the screenwriter of the film Antwone Fisher,
based on his life and directed by Academy Award winner Denzel Washington. Fisher lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.
Mim Eichler Rivas is the author of the acclaimed Beautiful Jim Key, as well as the coauthor of more than eighteen books, including The Pursuit of Happyness and Finding Fish with Antwone Fisher.