As a newborn, Howard Shulman lost a good part of his face to a staph infection. After his parents left him and he was made a ward of New Jersey, he spent his early childhood confined to a hospital. Years later, a veteran of the foster care system and a homeless dropout, Howard did what he had to do to turn his life around, ultimately becoming the owner of a thriving business. He currently lives in San Diego with his wife and two stepdaughters.
“This book begs to be seen as a major motion picture!” —Al Zuckerman, founder of Writer’s House and best-selling author of Writing the Blockbuster Novel
“Shulman’s story . . . reads like an engrossing thriller with an engaging, ugly-beautiful anti-hero who finds redemption. The best tribute I can give this astonishing tale is to urge you to stare into the author’s mirror for yourself!”—Natalie Wood, Perfectly Well Read
“Running from the Mirror is vivid and engrossing from start to finish. As much as Shulman is influenced by his physical appearance and his childhood traumas, he is also driven by an inner resolve to create a better life for himself.” —D. Donovan, senior reviewer, Midwest Book Review
“This poignant memoir was masterfully crafted from beginning to end. The writing was skillfully done, and the editing polished it to a high sheen . . . [Shulman’s] revelations about forgiveness and letting go are all something we can learn from and apply to our own lives. This book is eye-opening.” —Kara Piazza, The Writing Piazza
“What an amazing, inspirational story. The author has such heroic drive and strength that I found myself thinking of Mask. This all-too-true tale of personal redemption and growth should touch a nerve in every reader.” —Gregory Lawrence, author of the New York Times best-seller Dancing on My Grave
Jo Fidgen of Outlook, BBC World Service, interviews Howard about his difficult childhood following his tragic illness and the abandonment by his parents, as well as the chance event that led him to his birth mother 40 years later.