SEND IN THE CLOWN is a brand new and refreshing take on Canadian golf legend Moe Norman. He is considered the best ball striker in the game’s history. Many of the greats have said it including Tiger Woods, Tom Watson, Lee Trevino, Vijay Singh, Ben Crenshaw, Mike Weir, and this list goes on and on.
So, the question is…why have so few heard about him?
And before you think you would never enjoy a book about golf, stop right there!
Just as the highly popular The Queens Gambit wasn’t about chess (or your chess knowledge) this is not simply a book about golf or just for golfers. Far from it. Yes, it is about a golfer and his remarkable life story, and the sport of golf might be the vehicle, but it is a journey anyone can relate to.
Have you ever had to change or hide a part of your true self just to fit in, belong, or be accepted? Did you ultimately regret it? Have you wondered what if you had resisted change instead? If so, this book is for you.
Do you know someone who has mental challenges or has faced them? Perhaps even yourself? Are you familiar with the complexities that can encompass that? Real and imagined? If so, this book is for you.
Do you like the story of an underdog and enjoy witnessing the relentless desire and strength of someone who stays true to themselves, overcoming all odds, despite the costs? If so, this book is for you.
Moe Norman’s story is truly a remarkable one. A rollercoaster ride of ups and downs, successes and failures, both self-imposed and from being plagued by obstacles thrust upon him by society. It is heartbreaking, incredibly humorous at times, and ultimately inspiring and uplifting.
Best of all, his story has never been more appropriate than right now.
Sadly, we live in a world today where if the person next to us doesn’t look like us, act like us, think like us, love like us or share the same beliefs; they are the enemy. They are to be destroyed. At the very least, suppressed. Perhaps, even hidden away.
The bulk of Moe’s story takes place in the 1950-70s and it is plain to see that we have not yet come far enough. That we still have room to improve upon how we treat individuals different than us. That the fear is still there. And because of that, we all lose.
We can do better. We can all learn from Moe’s story.
As Canadian great Mike Weir once said: “The world missed out on a little bit of genius.”
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Andrew lives in Toronto, Ontario Canada. You can see his ever-evolving artwork through his various solo and group shows in Toronto as well as through the many galleries carrying his work in Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Prince Edward County, Gananoque and Oakville. His works are found in many private and corporate collections and his work has been presented as gifts to Ministers and Members of Canada’s Federal Parliament.
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