Disaster Falls

Disaster Falls

A Family Story

Book - 2017
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"A piercing and luminescent catalogue of a father's grief, parsing the shapes and distances of profound loss into a way forward for a family in crisis"--
Publisher: New York : Crown, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781101906699
Characteristics: 258 pages ;,22 cm.


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Feb 20, 2017

I read a review in the New York Times about this book and I am not quite sure why I was drawn to it. It is a compelling read, the reflections of a father's grief after the death of his 8 year old son in a drowning accident. Writing this story, all the intricate details of his thoughts, the process he went through and his perception of his wife's grief in the three years following the accident are so well written and heartfelt. I could not put it down sometimes and other times, especially when he finally begins to describe the accident itself, I had to put it down for a day. I could not have read it at that point without sobbing.

It is not a book you enjoy but rather a book you read to help you understand grief, whether you have suffered through it or not. I don't think I could recommend this book other than if someone asked me if I know of any books on grief. If you are grieving the loss of someone close and you would like to find a way to push through the grief, this may be the book for you.

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