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Companion to an Untold Story (Association of Writers and Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction)

Aldrich, Marcia

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ISBN 10: 0820343374 / ISBN 13: 9780820343372
Verlag: University of Georgia Press, U.S.A., 2012
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Titel: Companion to an Untold Story (Association of...

Verlag: University of Georgia Press, U.S.A.

Erscheinungsdatum: 2012

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand:As New

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: As New

Signiert: Signed by Author(s)

Auflage: 1st Edition

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"Exquisitely sad but painstaking in its clarity, "Companion to an Untold Story" is an effort to understand a friend's decision to commit suicide. The author lays out the facts and emotions using the structure of an abecedary, as if the simplicity of a child's alphabet book could bring logic to the terrible puzzle of loss. There is no suspense in the outcome, but reading the book draws you in so intimately that you, too, feel an urgent need to understand why an intelligent, likeable man would choose, with great deliberateness, to kill himself. This is a difficult subject, written extraordinarily well: a winner."--Susan Orlean, author of "Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend" "A wise reflection, both sympathetic and unflinching, on the life and death by suicide of the author's friend. The book poses questions about suicide and the processes leading up to it and provides answers too . . . when they exist. Perhaps just as importantly, the book leaves unanswerable questions as such, accurately and creatively distilling the experiences of those bereaved by suicide."--Thomas Joiner, author of "Why People Die by Suicide" "In" Companion to an Untold Story", Marcia Aldrich takes on the complex challenge of attempting to understand a friend's tragic suicide and her own failure to see the signs. This powerful memoir derives its power not just from the author's unflinching honesty but from the unique form she has chosen to shape this tale. A fascinating, absorbing story."--Dinty W. Moore, author of "Between Panic and Desire" "Marcia Aldrich takes on a project that seems impossible--restoring the life of a friend who gave away all his possessions and killed himself in an empty apartment--and succeeds brilliantly. She pieces together a portrait of the man and her friendship with him from multiple small definitions, each of them precise, lyrical, and daring. The resulting book is an ultimate companion--a friend, a guide, a moral compass--to the man's memory and to us all."--Kyoko Mori, author of "Yarn: Remembering the Way Home" "Aldrich is a skilled and savvy writer. . . . [G]ifted writing and a unique premise. . . . Worth Your Time!"--Dan Berkowitz, "PsychCentral" "The overall effect of ["Companion to an Untold Story"] is haunting, and the list of images and entries creates a sense that, like most lasting grief, this story will never end for the narrator. Strange and highly personal details . . . give the reader the feeling of standing with the narrator at the edge of Joel's death and, like the narrator, trying to put the pieces together."--Sonya Huber, "Fourth Genre" The overall effect of [Companion to an Untold Story] is haunting, and the list of images and entries creates a sense that, like most lasting grief, this story will never end for the narrator. Strange and highly personal details . . . give the reader the feeling of standing with the narrator at the edge of Joel's death and, like the narrator, trying to put the pieces together. --Sonya Huber "Fourth Genre " By turns haunting, fascinating, funny, and intensely mournful, Aldrich's Companion [to an Untold Story] is a stellar work that goes beyond Joel's story and into the very nature of grief and loss. How do people put the fragments of another's life together when they're gone? Many times, it's an impossible task, but Aldrich shows the worthiness of the attempt. --Elizabeth Millard "ForeWord Reviews " Companion to an Untold Story is ultimately a meditation on memory and mystery. Released from event sequence, its approach searching but indirect, like poetry, Aldrich's memoir is compulsively readable and surprisingly moving. --Richard Gilbert "NARRATIVE " Aldrich is a skilled and savvy writer. . . . [G]ifted writing and a unique premise. . . . Worth Your Time! --Dan Berkowitz "PsychCentral " Marcia Aldrich takes on a project that seems impossible--restoring the life of a friend who gave away all his possessions and killed himself in an empty apartment--and succeeds brilliantly. She pieces together a portrait of the man and her friendship with him from multiple small definitions, each of them precise, lyrical, and daring. The resulting book is an ultimate companion--a friend, a guide, a moral compass--to the man's memory and to us all. --Kyoko Mori "author of Yarn: Remembering the Way Home " In Companion to an Untold Story, Marcia Aldrich takes on the complex challenge of attempting to understand a friend's tragic suicide and her own failure to see the signs. This powerful memoir derives its power not just from the author's unflinching honesty but from the unique form she has chosen to shape this tale. A fascinating, absorbing story. --Dinty W. Moore "author of Between Panic and Desire " A wise reflection, both sympathetic and unflinching, on the life and death by suicide of the author's friend. The book poses questions about suicide and the processes leading up to it and provides answers too . . . when they exist. Perhaps just as importantly, the book leaves unanswerable questions as such, accurately and creatively distilling the experiences of those bereaved by suicide. --Thomas Joiner "author of Why People Die by Suicide " Exquisitely sad but painstaking in its clarity, Companion to an Untold Story is an effort to understand a friend's decision to commit suicide. The author lays out the facts and emotions using the structure of an abecedary, as if the simplicity of a child's alphabet book could bring logic to the terrible puzzle of loss. There is no suspense in the outcome, but reading the book draws you in so intimately that you, too, feel an urgent need to understand why an intelligent, likeable man would choose, with great deliberateness, to kill himself. This is a difficult subject, written extraordinarily well: a winner. --Susan Orlean "author of Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend " The overall effect of ["Companion to an Untold Story"] is haunting, and the list of images and entries creates a sense that, like most lasting grief, this story will never end for the narrator. Strange and highly personal details . . . give the reader the feeling of standing with the narrator at the edge of Joel's death and, like the narrator, trying to put the pieces together.--Sonya Huber ""Fourth Genre" " By turns haunting, fascinating, funny, and intensely mournful, Aldrich's "Companion" ["to an Untold Story"] is a stellar work that goes beyond Joel's story and into the very nature of grief and loss. How do people put the fragments of another's life together when they're gone? Many times, it's an impossible task, but Aldrich shows the worthiness of the attempt.--Elizabeth Millard ""ForeWord Reviews" " "Companion to an Untold Story" is ultimately a meditation on memory and mystery. Released from event sequence, its approach searching but indirect, like poetry, Aldrich's memoir is compulsively readable and surprisingly moving.--Richard Gilbert ""NARRATIVE" " Aldrich is a skilled and savvy writer. . . . [G]ifted writing and a unique premise. . . . Worth Your Time!--Dan Berkowitz ""PsychCentral" " Marcia Aldrich takes on a project that seems impossible--restoring the life of a friend who gave away all his possessions and killed himself in an empty apartment--and succeeds brilliantly. She pieces together a portrait of the man and her friendship with him from multiple small definitions, each of them precise, lyrical, and daring. The resulting book is an ultimate companion--a friend, a guide, a moral compass--to the man's memory and to us all.--Kyoko Mori "author of "Yarn: Remembering the Way Home" " In" Companion to an Untold Story," Marcia Aldrich takes on the complex challenge of attempting to understand a friend's tragic suicide and her own failure to see the signs. This powerful memoir derives its power not just from the author's unflinching honesty but from the unique form she has chosen to shape this tale. A fascinating, absorbing story.--Dinty W. Moore "author of "Between Panic and Desire" " A wise reflection, both sympathetic and unflinching, on the life and death by suicide of the author's friend. The book poses questions about suicide and the processes leading up to it and provides answers too . . . when they exist. Perhaps just as importantly, the book leaves unanswerable questions as such, accurately and creatively distilling the experiences of those bereaved by suicide.--Thomas Joiner "author of "Why People Die by Suicide" " Exquisitely sad but painstaking in its clarity, "Companion to an Untold Story" is an effort to understand a friend's decision to commit suicide. The author lays out the facts and emotions using the structure of an abecedary, as if the simplicity of a child's alphabet book could bring logic to the terrible puzzle of loss. There is no suspense in the outcome, but reading the book draws you in so intimately that you, too, feel an urgent need to understand why an intelligent, likeable man would choose, with great deliberateness, to kill himself. This is a difficult subject, written extraordinarily well: a winner.--Susan Orlean "author of "Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend" " ""Companion to an Untold Story" is ultimately a meditation on memory and mystery. Released from event sequence, its approach searching but indirect, like poetry, Aldrich's memoir is compulsively readable and surprisingly moving."--Richard Gilbert, NARRATIVE "By turns haunting, fascinating, funny, and intensely mournful, Aldrich's "Companion" ["to an Untold Story"] is a stellar work that goes beyond Joel's story and into the very nature of grief and loss. How do people put the fragments of another's life together when they're gone? Many times, it's an impossible task, but Aldrich shows the worthiness of the attempt." --Elizabeth Millard, "ForeWord Reviews"

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