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Letters to Pushkin [Kindle Edition]

Sharon Discorfano
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Book Description

After the death of her beloved beagle Pushkin, Sharon decided to write a letter each day to him during the season of Lent. The collection of letters begins on Ash Wednesday — just a few weeks after his passing — and finishes on Easter Sunday. During these weeks of grieving, Sharon reaches out to different perspectives on death and life by drawing on literature and philosophy, personal experiences, and the people and animals around her. Meanwhile, life is still happening — people are visiting, events are unfolding, and decisions have to be made. In the process, life takes some surprising new directions. Share the journey and the hope that it brings.

50% of author's royalties will go to Bideawee, the humane organization that brought Sharon and Pushkin together.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 405 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Riverside 105 Media (November 28, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0077WDNC6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,027,930 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gift to anyone who has lost a pet October 25, 2012
This is a beautiful book for anyone who has ever loved and lost...a pet. The author's epistolary effort to help herself move on from her grief after the death of her dog starts her on a journey of spiritual discovery that borrows from various disciplines including yoga, Buddhist meditation, and traditional Catholic observances.

The depth of feeling for our pets can never be underestimated, nor can the ability of a special animal to change our lives completely. In the eyes of his mama, Pushkin the beagle was that special enlightened soul, and mama created something inspirational that honors him well.

I confess there were moments when I bawled, and the author's emotional path to healing is raw, real, sometimes messy - because emotions generally are - but really, it's not an intentionally sad read. There is light shining through each page, and her determination to honor Pushkin's spirit makes it a positive and uplifting story. It's interesting this is under "animal care" when it could just as easily be under personal growth. I think many people will find this book just as self-helpful as most of what's on the self-help shelf (that's not saying much, I suppose).

People who have said goodbye to a pet will find much to relate to. It feels like the world is telling us "get over it" or "it's only an animal," or worse, we tell ourselves those things. People sympathize by saying "you'll get another one" as if that'll stop the suffering. We physically ache from longing to feel that beloved furry body again. We judge ourselves and wonder if we're normal, wonder how we "should" be feeling, wonder if the pain will ever go away. As the book illustrates, it never hurts any just hurts less often.

(I was privileged to get a copy of this book from the author. I did not purchase on Amazon.)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too Personal September 13, 2013
By GHI408
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It's an okay book, but it overwhelmingly reflects the personal relationship between the author & Pushkin -- so much so that's its hard to generalize to others' experiences w/ their loss of a beloved beagle. When my beagle passed away suddenly & unexpectedly, a friend recommended this book, so I bought it. However, 6 months later, I'm still not far into the book. It's a beautiful journal of her 40 days (I think I'm somewhere near day 15 thus far) through Lent, but much too personal (between her & Pushkin) -- the book would best be read by her as a private journal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Letters to Pushkin August 8, 2012
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This is a book about a dog that was so loved by the owner. It is very touching,
and I did enjoy it very much. Chery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FInally someone who gets it June 3, 2014
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Sharon has expressed eloquently every emotion and heartbreak I felt and still feel after losing my beloved dog.
Reading her book is like like someone reading my mind. I tried many blogs, hotlines, grief support groups and other books. Nothing comes close.
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