Excerpts

The ContenderThe Contender

y father’s many business trips to Asia often included a stop-over in California where he visited his old neighbors who had moved from Brooklyn. He encouraged Barry to come and see the family when he headed east to begin law school.

In my father’s wallet he carried this provocative picture of me. It’s the photo that convinced Barry to investigate further, which he did by coming to my sister’s 20th birthday party.

Once it became clear that this charismatic young man had caught my attention and we began dating, my father quickly changed his disposition and started to make things difficult for Barry.