I dedicate this book to the four women without whose love and kindness I would be lost and altogether useless. In order of appearance: my mother, my sister, my wife, and my mother-in-law. Thank you for helping guide me into manhood and fatherhood. To my darling, beautiful boys Alex and Azuka, thank you for introducing me to the full capacity of life in all its crying, laughing, fighting, and hugging mystery. Finally, a special word to my darling wife, who has suffered through nine years with me and shows no signs of wavering (or, more than likely, hides it deftly). If words could match the feeling of gratitude and love I take with me every day that I leave your side and bring back when I return . . .

—Edward Moemeka

I dedicate this book to all ...

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