- Hardcover: 290 pages
- Publisher: Deeds Publishing (October 4, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1944193650
- ISBN-13: 978-1944193652
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,885,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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So We Go: The Day My Father Died Hardcover – October 4, 2016
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"A moving tribute to an extraordinary, ordinary man, a devoted father who loved fiercely and was loved with the same fierceness by all those around him. By turns, elegiac, unflinching, and dignified, Hemery has written a tribute to his father that creates a vivid portrait of a man no one wanted to let go. I imagine that as a young man, Daniel Hemery must have listened to those Beatles lyrics and taken them dead seriously. 'And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.' If not, they could just as well have been writing about him." - Robin Hemley, author of Nola: A Memoir of Faith, Art, and Madness "Michael Hemery's new book So We Go: The Day My Father Died is a new kind of wisdom literature, the kind whose poignance and relevance will never die out. Somehow he manages to take his own grief and suffering and turn it into an astonishing elegy of love, courage, and hope. And his father lives on in these pages in a way that transforms his death into a timeless and unforgettable story." - Robert Vivian, author of The Least Cricket Of Evening and Mystery My Country
About the Author
Michael Hemery is the author of two books: No Permanent Scars, a nonfiction short-story collection published by Silenced Press, and So We Go: The Day My Father Died, a memoir about his father's final day after suffering from ALS. He has also been published in Drunken Boat, Los Angeles Review, Lumina, New Plains Review, Passages North, The Portland Review, Post RoadMagazine, Redivider, Slice, sub-TERRAIN, The Tusculum Review, and the book Fearless Confessions: A Writer's Guide to Memoir.
Hemery, who earned his MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, is a tenured high school English teacher with years of experience with bothhigh school and college students. He also served as the nonfictioneditor for Hunger Mountain. He resides in the Cleveland area with his family.
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Even though I have a intense Catholic belief in life, miracles and eternity the expressions of doubt or questioning did not detract from the personal message.
Hemery’s childhood memories are gilded with with the reverence many men have for their fathers. Stories of learning to play catch, or watching bats flutter through the night on a camping trip are told with such affection that one can’t help but feel a connection. And the relationship throughout the book between Hemery’s father and Hemery’s very young son, Kai, allows readers some additional solace. We know every time Kai sits on his grandfather’s lap and calls out cars through the window, Hemery himself is getting a new golden memory, a new way to encode his father into the DNA of life moving forward.
These love stories make dealing with the disease that much more challenging, however. In fact, Hemery’s ability to get readers to hope for a character whom we know will not survive is a triumph of the book. We feel the same fleeting optimism and longing for one more good day, one more moment of clear, effortless breath for Dan Hemery. But we know, like the author, those days and moments become less and less frequent with each page.
So We Go isn’t a book about disease, or about loss. It is a book about love, and the importance of holding onto the love in a family, even if we can’t hold onto the people we feel it for.
Books like these are so necessary if that makes any sense. It’s written from the point of view of a man whose Father has been diagnosed with ALS.
The book is heartwarming, sad, and very painful. One thing that it is above anything else though, is truthful.
I’m very glad I read it and I’m so very grateful that it was written.
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book Via NetGalley.
Rare and far between are authors who have made me feel such a wide breadth of emotions so strongly in one book.
Sadness. Joy. Anger. Hope.
I would be reduced to tears, only to suddenly start laughing moments later. Throughout, I marveled at the strength of his father, standing like a superhero before the insurmountable. I was greatly inspired.
"We all end up at the same place--the only difference is how we get there."
This book is definitely worth reading, and nearly impossible to put down when you do. If I didn't have to sleep, I very well might not have set it down until I had turned the last page.