Shortly after my father passed away, I found a small photograph in his jewelry case. A couple weeks later I discovered two notebooks containing his World War II letters home. Thus began a quest into a part of my father’s life that I had never cared to learn about while he was alive. This journey showed me a man I had never really known, and elements of my relationship with that man that I had never been willing to face before.

Shortly after my father passed away, I found a small photograph in his jewelry case. A couple weeks later I discovered two notebooks containing his World War II letters home. Thus began a quest into a part of my father’s life that I had never cared to learn about while he was alive. This journey showed me a man I had never really known, and elements of my relationship with that man that I had never been willing to face before.

ADVANCE REVIEWS FOR GUILTY UNTIL FORGIVEN

“Allan ‘Tex’ Burdick emerges, in both his own words and in the author’s confident prose, as a dedicated husband and father who nevertheless harbored secrets.”

--Charles E. Reineke, editor of Illumination, the magazine of research, scholarship and creative achievement at the University of Missouri

“Part memoir, part mystery, with a soupçon of self-discovery…”

--Hank Ottinger

“Readers with collections of old letters waiting in an old trunk...for a sympathetic reader will identify with the author’s quest to go back in time and understand the ways in which the past slips into the future. Readers lacking such resources will want to follow Burdick through the looking-glass.”

--David G. Collins, author of Accidental Activists

Guilty Until Forgiven is a memorable and bittersweet debut richly layered with nine decades of family drama. Burdick entrusts the reader with her most painful and joyous memories.”

--Millicent Porter Henry

“The cover of the book…recalls a line from one of Tex’s wartime letters to his wife Sally: ‘Whenever there’s just the smallest sliver of a crescent moon I think of all the times you’d tug on my arm and say “Tex, look at that baby moon. I just love a baby moon.’”

--Mike Trial’s latest collection of short stories, Edge of Reality, is available on Amazon