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Dad buys his son’s novel in same bookstore that changed his life 60 years earlier


This touching father-son story is a testament to perseverance, courage, and parental sacrifice.

In 1950s London, sitting on the floor of Foyles bookstore, a young immigrant taught himself English every Saturday. Sixty years later, he returned there again — this time to buy a copy of his son’s debut novel.

Author Guy Gunaratne shared this touching story about his father on Twitter, and the response was an outpouring of gratitude and kindness.

Some Twitter users shared their own stories of living in immigrant families and the appreciation for the written word that it instilled in them.

Gunaratne’s homage to his father’s perseverance and determination to build a new life serves as a beautiful reminder of the fruit that can be born of parental sacrifice and the courage to become your best self.

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