Everything Will be Alright, Stories From the Heart of Poverty

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"Everything Will Be All Right" is the raw testimony of a heartbreaking, hardscrabble childhood, by author Douglas Wallace. Wallace paints an unforgettable portrait of a child determined to free himself from the cycle of poverty that had strangled his family for generations. With a genuine voice and a keen eye on the class divide in America, the author unflinchingly reveals the painful experience of class prejudice and life on the fringes of society.

The teacher or teachings can be cruel or kind, but the lesson is always valuable.

Douglas Wallace knows what it is to be poor.

Not just poor, but devastatingly, hopelessly, mind-numbingly poor. Poverty, alcoholism and violence destroyed his childhood. Perseverance and ambition saved his life.

Wallace's book, "Everything Will Be All Right," is scheduled for release on October 1, 2009 by Greenleaf Book Group (http://www.greenleafbookgroup.com/) -and is featured as the the front cover ad on Publishers Weekly for the June 29, 2009 issue.

Abused by an alcoholic, unemployed father, Wallace and his seven siblings barely survived childhood--fleeing in the night from landlords, scrambling for food, and burning down the only home they ever owned to collect insurance money.

In this raw testimony of a heartbreaking, hardscrabble childhood, Wallace paints an unforgettable portrait of a child determined to free himself from the cycle of poverty that had strangled his family for generations. With a genuine voice and a keen eye on the class divide in America, the author unflinchingly reveals the painful experience of class prejudice and life on the fringes of society.

Separated from the haves by his poverty and from the have-nots by his desire for more, Wallace learns to use every person, every situation, and every encounter, as a teacher, to realize his dream and serve his community. Wallace says, "The teacher or teachings can be cruel or kind, but the lesson is always valuable."

"Everything Will Be All Right" empowers readers to overcome any obstacle through tenacious will, relentless drive, and indomitable faith. Wallace states, "My story is about how I was able to overcome the odds. It includes good choices, bad choices, and hard choices; wrong turns, right turns and dead-ends, violent and non-violent. I've written this book to make sense of my life, to put some demons to rest, and help anyone struggling to find their way."

Wallace's story takes the reader on a journey through time, from the 1950s to the present, with the uplifting message that destiny can be changed by free will.

About Douglas Wallace:
Wallace was founder and CEO of Wallace & deMayo, P.C. in Atlanta, GA, which became the nation's largest law firm in debt management. In 1994 he became CEO of the nation's largest legal network, the National Attorney Network (NAN). In November 1999 he merged both Wallace & deMayo, P.C. and NAN with Synovus, a multi-billion, multi-financial services corporation, in a stock transaction that was reported by the Wall Street Journal. Doug retired in 1999 from the practice of law to pursue his lifelong love for writing. Doug's passion is to increase public awareness of the unimaginable challenges facing children born into generational poverty. Says Wallace: "The only way to stop the cycle of poverty is through the intervention of appropriate role models. We have to teach impoverished children the hidden rules of mainstream society. We can throw all the money in the world toward poverty victims, but until we change the programming of the children, we can't change their future."

Wallace's web site, http://www.DougWallace.net/, is focused on poverty solutions and issues concerning children born into poverty.

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