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Sons of Suicide [Kindle Edition]

Dan Andrews
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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An insightful, viscerally emotional memoir, Sons of Suicide relates the story of a young man’s life after losing his Mother to suicide—and succeeding, in spite of experiencing one of the most devastating tragedies known to man.

At eleven, Dan Andrews was abandoned by his Mother. Fatefully, she made the timeless drive down Lake Shore Drive in downtown Chicago, parked her car alongside Buckingham Fountain, and, after sitting and smoking a few last cigarettes, drowned herself in Lake Michigan.

His Mother’s grave decision has given Andrews the ability to perceive and contemplate loss in a way not written about in recent history. Shared with brutal vulnerability and skill, sprinkled with humor and sexuality, Sons of Suicide masterfully entertains and enlightens the reader— serving as a catharsis to the feeling of loss, a feeling to which all humans relate.

The author, Dan Andrews, has also pledged for every copy of Sons of Suicide that is sold, one dollar out of his personal royalty will be donated to the Will To Live Foundation, visit their website for more information about this wonderful organization that is spreading awareness and helping with the teen suicide epidemic. Purchase today to help put an end to suicide.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 369 KB
  • Print Length: 255 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615729118
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Broken Glass Publishing LLC (November 26, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AEF6ZKA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,139,018 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! December 6, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Sons of Suicide is the true journey of a young boy turning into a man -- whose life as he knew it was flipped upside down from one day to the next due to his mother's death. Whereas many might embark on a dark path after such a tragedy, Dan's path is different. He begins moments after he is notified of what had happened and takes the reader on his path through his eyes. The book really helps the reader understand where Dan is mentally throughout the different stages of his life growing up. I think many people will be able to relate to this book, whether they have experienced a similar tragedy, or they can simply relate to life as one big maze that they are discovering themselves through -- because to me, this is a story of Dan growing into the best person he is capable of being despite any obstacles and challenges that are thrown in his path. Moreso, I think many individuals may connect on an even more personal level with the author. Sons of Suicide is very descriptive, revealing, and upsetting at many times -- but through these events we are able to learn how one is capable of succeeding through it all. I would definitely recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tragedy and Heartache February 13, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a very compelling non-fiction novel. We see a young boy who has been, in a sense, traumatized by the death of his mother. She has taken her own life, due to severe depression, and that leaves this young boy unsure of everything. He is basically like a lost puppy dog, trying to find the right path to follow.

Dan was eleven when his mother committed suicide. He knew his mother was hurting, he knew she was capable of vanishing for a few days, but he didn't know she was capable of throwing her life away. He is at a standstill with life, trying to understand why this would happen to his family. The relationship that he describes that he had with his mother, is what every child longs for; unconditional love and guidance. It seems that they had a beautiful connection. But after her passing, he is just broken.

How do you piece yourself back together after such a tragedy? With Dan, it took fighting, dabbling in drug and alcohol use, extreme gaming, working out, and finding out who he truly is. Dan had to overcome so many obstacles, and fortunately he had a few key people in his life to help along the way. They helped mold Dan into the man he is today. Personally, I saw it as the few Middle and High School teachers who were the most integral part of his teenage years. Without those few men, I think Dan would still be lost. Enzo, his Corgi, helped him too. He was able to love something without boundaries, and knew it to be reciprocated.

"Never before had a teacher shown such compassion for me: to see an adult that I looked up to feel such empathy for me is a memory that I will always hold dear."

"Enzo was the catalyst. The catalyst for me rediscovering love for other people and myself."

Dan has come full circle with his life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yawatta Hosby's review on "Sons of Suicide" February 11, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
***I received a free copy in exchange for a book review***

I enjoyed this 16 chapter memoir. My favorite lines: 1) Life isn't short, it can just end fast. 2) The bills don't matter, the girls don't matter, grades don't matter. Life matters. I'm alive. 3) That day I attended two funerals. One was Mom's, and the other was mine. The old Dan Andrews was buried with her. 4) Luck is a fantasy conjured by many people to rationalize their shortcomings and other's successes.

Because Dr. Easton was negligent, he ordered his patient to take prescriptions that didn't go well together. As a result, Dan's mom became suicidal, drowning herself in Lake Michigan. Dan shares what he went through afterwards in elementary, middle, and high school. Even some college years.

He talks about his friends who helped him along the way. I think it was really brave of him to share such a personal, tragic experience. If anyone has ever lost someone close to them, I believe you'd enjoy the book. It was insightful to get inside of his head because there's a stereotype of guys not showing emotion, not showing weakness. I thought the author was strong and brave for writing this book.

My favorite section was during his high school years when he bonded with his teachers and realized it's not the end of the world that he had to split up from his close friends (they went to different schools because of living in different districts). I shed a tear when it revealed the letters Dan's mom wrote to her husband, her two boys, and her mother. The note to her husband blew my mind.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story full of emotion January 3, 2013
Format:Paperback
Sons of Suicide is a non-fiction novel told through the eyes of the author, Dan Andrews.
This book is the story of him as a young boy having to deal with the loss of his mother. She had committed suicide, and his life was never the same.
This tragedy made his childhood rough, but as he began to grow older and mature, he found a way to turn his pain into a positive thing. He decided that he wants to help others, whether through this book or by coaching in a gym.
Dan's story is very real. It is one that not many people experience, but at the same time, too many people experience it. The pages of this book are filled with emotion that you may not find in many other writings. It was truly written very well.
Sons of Suicide is not a sob story. Dan isn't trying to get the world to feel sorry for him. It is quite the opposite. He is opening up and sharing his experience to show that it is possible to get through tragedy. You will always have the scar, but you can turn your life around and become a better person.
This is a great read, I loved every bit of it. It was emotional, sad, and happy as well.
5/5 stars. The writing was great, the purpose of the writing was even better.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read for those who are fighting problems such as suicide of one...
This work by Dan Andrews covers the problems faced by a young person whose parent commits suicide. I'm sure that the work itself was very helpful to him in working through all of... Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Robert Ewbank
1.0 out of 5 stars not truful to youself or to your mom
I knew his mother, she was a good mother and needed her children to be with h er. her husband was no help at all. Read more
Published 9 months ago by gean wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars ***WONDERFUL BOOK****
I really enjoyed reading this book. My heart went out to these boys when this tragedy happened. I knew of it through a family friend. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Anna
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly fascinating
I don't read a lot of memoirs. I especially would not pick up a memoir by a barely 20 something "kid". Read more
Published 11 months ago by Brian Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book!
I loved this book. So much so that I'm reading it for the second time. It really gives you the perspective of the loved ones suicide victims leave behind.
Published 12 months ago by Lauren R. Larew
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding strength and courage
Life is not perfect for any of us. There are so many tragedies in life, some far worse than others, but all affect the peaceful equilibrium that we seek in life. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Suzanne Olsson
2.0 out of 5 stars After-Effects and Fall-out
Reviewing a memoir can sometimes be more difficult as it's a person's life, at least from their perspective. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Red Haircrow: Author, Activist & More
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
My Review: This book is written in memoir form basically about a young boys life after his mom commits suicide when he was just 11 years old. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Voracious Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars This Story Spoke To Me...and Will to Others!
This non-fiction book written in memoir style is and can be, in my opinion, a wonderful self-help book for teens and adults alike. Read more
Published 17 months ago by GABixler
4.0 out of 5 stars SONS OF SUICIDE
I FELT THAT DAN ANDREWS DID A VERY GOOD JOB OF GETTING ACROSS TO THE READER HOW A YOUNG BOY HANDLED THE LOSS OF HIS MOTHER AT SUCH AN EARLY AGE. Read more
Published 17 months ago by JS / Burr Ridge
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More About the Author

My name is Dan Andrews. My first book, Sons of Suicide, is the introduction to what will be my legacy in writing.

When I'm not writing you can find me enjoying cigars with my best friends, getting tattooed, explaining the meaning of life to people, spending time at the shooting range, screaming at my computer screen because I died in a video game, or lifting weights.

My mission in life is to provide the world with the best books it has seen in many decades, but the power is in my readers' hands to determine whether or not I achieve my mission.


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