What Brad Meltzer Is Most Proud of Writing
March 18th, 2011
Brad Meltzer‘s father died a couple of weeks ago.
My first memory of my father is him coming home from work when I was little. He’d pick me up and put me on the top of the refrigerator, my little feet dangling over the freezer door. And in that moment, I realize he had the two things he loved most in life together in the exact same space: his family and food.
That’s from the eulogy that Brad wrote and delivered at Stewie Meltzer’s funeral. Brad calls it “Fighting the Lightning: A Eulogy for Stewart Meltzer,” and said on his Facebook page, “This may be the thing I’m most proud of writing.”
With each new New York Times bestseller that Brad wrote, his dad would turn it into a T-shirt or a hat, telling everyone he met that “Brad Meltzer is my favorite author.”
The truth was, I was his only author. He read eight novels in his life: The Tenth Justice…Dead Even…only the ones I wrote. I’m not making that up. Like my sister said, all he cared about was us. And no one sold us better than my Dad.
Like Stewie Meltzer, I’m a son, a father, now a grandfather. And I still can’t get through Brad’s eulogy without crying.
I know that any strength or confidence I have comes from that love my father⎯and mother⎯built as a foundation in me. I know that that love will never recede, especially when he said to me, a few years ago when things weren’t going well, the words that I repeat to myself every day: “You’re still our little boy.”
Read Brad’s “Fighting the Lightning: A Eulogy for Stewart Meltzer” and see if you can.by