“An intimate look at a life lived as a lie” — Kirkus Reviews
The Wrong Road Home by Ian A. O'Connor is a story of treachery and deceit inspired by true events. It’s the larger-than-life story of a surgeon who successfully practiced his craft for 20 years—first in Ireland and then the United States—girded with nothing more than a Chicago School System GED and several counterfeit medical diplomas! Having a big sale, on-site celebrity, or other event? Be sure to announce it so everybody knows and gets excited about it.
Impossible, is undoubtedly any reader’s initial reaction—and understandably so—but the tale is based on a Miami Herald Sunday Edition front page exposé that was the talk of South Florida two decades ago. Oprah’s producer pursued the impostor for weeks, as did Bill O’Reilly, then the host of Inside Edition.
The Wrong Road Home combines two cautionary tales. The first warns how a Faustian bargain once struck, allows for no turning back. Desmond Donahue's impossible dream of becoming a ‘doctor’ was indeed realized over time, and a ‘doctor’ he remained despite several close calls in the ensuing years. The second cautionary message details the terrible cost in human terms of a life lived alone; of having to forgo marriage and children; of never having a close friend; of having to keep everyone ever met at arm’s length so the day would never arrive where he would inadvertently expose the awful truth about himself.
The Wrong Road Home is reminiscent of Frank Abagnale’s often funny sometimes sad autobiography Catch Me If You Can and movie of the same name starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. .
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