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—Washington Post Book World
“A searing elegy…this memoir reads like butter and cuts like a knife.”
—People (4 star review)
"A tender, absorbing, and deeply moving memoir...[Bialosky] writes so gracefully and bravely that what you're left with in the end is an overwhelming sense of love."
“Extraordinarily useful...a source of solace and understanding…. [Bialosky’s] hand is always skillful, as attentive to the rhythms of storytelling as to conveying emotion.”
“A profound and lyrical investigation…Bialosky writes sensitively and beautifully.”
—New York Magazine
“Brave and beautifully crafted.”
—The Daily Beast
"An extraordinarily valiant and resonant testimony to the healing powers of truth and empathy.”
“A beautifully composed, deeply reflective work.”
“In quietly piercing language, [Bialosky] delivers a sure sense of a 'beautiful girl' who took her own life at age 21 and of what it means to grieve such a death, burdened with an awful sense of responsibility that can’t easily be shared with others.”
“This is the kind of book that can teach us—all of us—about what it means to be a thinking, feeling human being. A book, in other words, that will teach you how to live.”
—Darin Strauss, author of Half a Life
Reading how Kim's suicide affected all of her family members and close friends helped me understand the aftermaths of a suicide.
A tragic story told so beautifully--with so much skill, intelligence, insight and care--that it is impossible to put down once you've started.
Jill has undertaken this task in "History of A Suicide" and I applaud her bravery and thank her for sharing her grief journey with us.
I wish I could say that this book helped with the loss of my sib, but it reminded me a little too much of The Eclipse: A Memoir of Suicide. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Compulsive Reader
I loved this book. I loved the author's honest and non- judgmental examination of her family to look for answers into her sister's suicide. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Krystn
I had always said that I thought suicide was a very selfish act. As in this book, the suicide of the author's young sister left a wake of devastation. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sam6060
I would consider this book for your education as a healthcare worker, especially for the psychosocial effects of suicide and its long term effects on a family and its structure. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Emily Anderson
To those readers who just don't get it, I have to assume you have not suffered the loss of someone you love to suicide. Read morePublished 9 months ago by another reader
Reading this book virtually saved my life. Reading how Kim's suicide affected all of her family members and close friends helped me understand the aftermaths of a suicide. Read morePublished 10 months ago by J. Daub
I just started this book and skipped around a little. I looked all over the internet and could not find a picture of Kim. Read morePublished 10 months ago by doodybug
Not simply a psychological exploration into the mind and meaning behind taking one's life or the grief that that follows in its aftermath but an eloquent blend of poetry, personal... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Morgan M. Fleming
i've lost many friends to suicide as well as a twin sister. this book helped me heal greatly to move on past things relating to suicide and my friends. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Marcia J. Thompson