History of a Suicide

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From acclaimed poet and novelist Jill Bialosky, the "New York Times" bestselling exploration of her sister s suicide and the lifelong impact it had on those left behind a beautifully composed, deeply reflective work ("Publishers Weekly").
" It is so nice to be happy. It always gives me a good feeling to see other people happy It is so easy to achieve. " Kim s journal entry, May 3, 1988
On the night of April 15, 1990, Jill Bialosky s twenty-one-year-old sister Kim came home from a bar in downtown Cleveland. She argued with her boyfriend on the phone. Then she took her mother s car keys, went into the garage, closed the garage door. She climbed into the car, turned on the ignition, and fell asleep. Her body was found the next morning by the neighborhood boy her mother hired to cut the grass.
Those are the simple facts, but the act of suicide is anything but simple. For twenty years, Bialosky has lived with the grief, guilt, questions, and confusion unleashed by Kim s suicide. Now, in a remarkable work of literary nonfiction, she re-creates with unsparing honesty her sister s inner life, the events and emotions that led her to take her life on this particular night. In doing so, she opens a window on the nature of suicide itself, our own reactions and responses to it especially the impact a suicide has on those who remain behind.
Combining Kim s diaries with family history and memoir, drawing on the works of doctors and psychologists as well as writers from Melville and Dickinson to Sylvia Plath and Wallace Stevens, Bialosky gives us a stunning exploration of human fragility and strength. She juxtaposes the story of Kim s death with the challenges of becoming a mother and her own exuberant experience of raising a son. This is a book that explores all aspects of our familial relationships between mothers and sons, fathers and daughters but particularly the tender and enduring bonds between sisters.
"History of a Suicide "brings a crucial and all too rarely discussed subject out of the shadows, and in doing so gives readers the courage to face their own losses, no matter what those may be. This searing and compassionate work reminds us of the preciousness of life and of the ways in which those we love are inextricably bound to us."
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ISBN-13: 9781783782130
ISBN-10: 1783782137
Pagini: 250
Dimensiuni: 128 x 198 x 20 mm
Greutate: 0.19 kg
Editura: Granta Books

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JILL BIALOSKY is the author of the poetry collections The End of Desire, Subterranean and Intruder and the forthcoming collection The Players, and the novels House Under Snow and The Life Room. Her poems and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, O Magazine, and the Paris Review. She is currently an editor at W. W. Norton & Company and lives in New York City.