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The Suicide Index: Putting My Father's Death in Order Paperback – Bargain Price, June 23, 2009
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The elephant in the room, of course, is the undeniable violence of such an action, so heinous and selfish as to belie any daughter's memories of a loving, slightly eccentric father, a man carrying the scars of a brutal childhood and a lack of business sense that adversely affects his family's financial security. The bonds between this eldest daughter and her father are like steel cables; she favors him over her mother, with whom she has an uneasy, somewhat antagonistic relationship, especially after the suicide, the mother flapping wildly through her own jumble of confused emotions, both guilty and self-defensive, left pondering the interminable, unanswerable question: why? Although the author has a sister, it is the nature of such a loss that the sibling is hardly mentioned.Read more ›
Joan Wickersham does something brilliant and highly original in what is both a journal and a once-upon-a-time consideration of a man's life.
In compelling yet often dispassionate and sometimes hilarious chapters, Wickersham considers the facts about her family's biographical and social, bodily and geographical conditions as clues to the inevitability of this death.
In an almost seamless and well-paced manner, Wickersham makes it possible for the reader easily to join her in turning over pieces of clothing, pastry, furniture, or trinkets with the possibility always present that there is not just an explanation for this tragedy but an (imaginary) reversal of the fact that this man has willingly removed himself forever from life.
This is the story of a mid-20th century individual set before us by the writer's ease with which she slips contemporary events in with narratives about a disparate cast of artistic, impractical, cruel, aristocratic, and forceful forebearers. She offers us the earnest 1950's Americans and their aspirations in the post WW II business world alongside the disengaged WASP yacht and horse set of 1980's; the uncertain intimacy of the psychiatrist's quiet, with a tremulous, frustrated mother's voice to an inarticulate, depressed young child.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Adding this to my personal library. It was something I read to help me understand the aftermath of suicide, which oddly enough, helped me through some pretty rough times.Published 19 days ago by John Clark
This reads as if it's coming out of my own head, as if I'm seeing my own thoughts instead of someone else's.
Lisette Rimer, mother of Patrick Wood 1982-2006
As a survivor of my father's suicide three years ago, this book was therapeutic to read. Honestly, it was as if the author was cataloging my own thoughts. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Joy McGaugh
As the title would indicate, this memoir is incredibly sad. The author is working through the suicide of her father which happened 15 years prior, but she (and consequently the... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jessica Diebold
How do you say you really enjoyed a book, when it's about a loved one's suicide? Yet, I imagine that many who read this book will react in just such a manner. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Beryl S. Bissell
A compelling look at suicide from the point of view of the grieving daughter as she shares the families thoughts and questions and blames. Her father shot himself and left no note. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mark P. Sadler
I liked the simple, straight forward style and the unflinching honesty of Ms. Wickersham. I envied her relationship with her father and grieved his loss with her. Read morePublished on June 23, 2014 by Jesse B Correll