We wish to welcome Norbert Krapf to the Greystone family and his new autobiography written in verse. Norbert Krapf is a past Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize nominee, and author of over 25 critically acclaimed books. At the age of 70, he has written about his abuse as a child at the hands of a priest and the lifelong effects it has had on him, his family, and loved ones. He has written his book in 4 voices: the boy, the man, the priest, and Mr. Blues.
Throughout Norbert's life he has had an ongoing love of Blues music making references to the blues and blues artists in several of his previous writings. In Catholic Boy Blues, "Mr. Blues" plays an important role. His words are written in an authentic blues lyrical style. These lyrics are framed in the context of a friend, advisor, counselor, and mentor.
Catholic Boy Blues is a brutally honest narrative that is filled with words of biting truth painting explicit images of the true effects of abuse. These words detail Norbert's lifelong journey and how abuse affected every stage growth along the way.
The book is a compassionate anthem directed to those struggling with their own abuse. It provides clarity to those who have never had to experience the indignity of abuse, and it reaffirms that success CAN be achieved through adversity.