For the Love of Daniel
the power of love … and the possibility of happy endings
Daniel was a charismatic bundle of walking contradictions. Socially anxious, widely popular, he lived with the sensitivity of an angel, and the self-destructiveness of a demon. By his early teenage years, he had been diagnosed with bipolar and anxiety disorders, ADD and alcohol dependency. By his late teens, he was a high school dropout and an opiate addict. At the same time, he was beloved and revered by his community of peers. To the world, he bore all the trappings of failure. But to his close-knit, far-flung friends he was a star and a legend; an irresistible, unforgettable, irreplaceable friend. Daniel died at age 23 from a drug overdose. For the Love of Daniel is an account of his life--a roller coaster ride of sadness and joy, heartache and solace, laughter, tears, tumult and rest. It is also a careful account of Daniel’s afterlife, and the chain of extraordinary events that moved the hearts and consciousness of those who grieved him. Most of the book is a love story, Daniel’s testament to the unalterable immense power of love, which offers even ultimate human tragedies a softer landing, the possibility of a happy ending.
Author: Ann Goffe