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This review is from: In Her Wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother's Suicide (Paperback)
In Her Wake is much more than an engrossing beautifully written memoir--though it is certainly that. Looking backward it pieces together the mystery of how an energetic young woman--the author's mother--makes the tragic decision of suiciding leaving behind six young children. As a memoir it tells the compelling story of the author, four at the time of her mother's death, struggling to make sense of it all. Sometimes sadly longing, sometimes rebellious, and always astonishingly resilient, the author, is compelled to carry forward the message that suicide leaves, in its wake, repercussions for those left behind decades beyond the event.
The various layers of texture in the book emerge through three `voices' that are intertwined throughout the book. The resounding loss of the young Nancy and the echoing loss of the young mother Nancy Rappaport who is compelled to research and write the book, provide a deep connection to the reader. Dr. Rappaport's clinical wisdom shines a beacon of hope and light moving forward.
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