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Disaster Falls : a family story / Stéphane Gerson.

Gerson, Stéphane, (author.).
Book Book ([2017])
Description: 258 pages ; 22 cm
Publisher: New York : Crown, [2017]
6 of 6 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
1 of 1 copy available at Winthrop. (Show preferred library)
0 current holds with 6 total copies.
Library Location Call Number Status Due Date
Winthrop Adult Biographies 920 920 Gerson 2017 (Text to Phone) Available -
Beverly Main Adult Nonfiction CT 275 .G3643 A3 2017 (Text to Phone) Available -
Lynnfield Adult Nonfiction BF 575 .G7 G47 2017 (Text to Phone) Available -
Peabody Main Adult Nonfiction CT 275 .G3643 A3 2017 (Text to Phone) Available -
Saugus Adult Nonfiction 306.85 Gerson (Text to Phone) Available -
Swampscott Thomson Room 306.8509 G (Text to Phone) Available -

  • ISBN: 9781101906699
  • ISBN: 1101906693
  • Edition: First edition.
Bibliography, etc.: Includes bibliographical references.
Summary: "A piercing and luminescent catalogue of a father's grief, parsing the shapes and distances of profound loss into a way forward for a family in crisis"-- Provided by publisher.
"A haunting chronicle of what endures when the world we know is swept away. On a day like any other, on a rafting trip down Utah's Green River, Stephane Gerson's eight-year-old son, Owen, drowned in a spot known as Disaster Falls. That same night, as darkness fell, Stephane huddled in a tent with his wife, Alison, and their older son, Julian, trying to understand what seemed inconceivable. 'It's just the three of us now,' Alison said over the sounds of a light rain and, nearby, the rushing river. 'We cannot do it alone. We have to stick together.' Disaster Fallschronicles the aftermath of that day and their shared determination to stay true to Alison's resolution. At the heart of the book is Stephane's portrait of a marriage critically tested. Husband and wife grieve in radically different ways that threaten to isolate each of them in their post-Owen worlds. ('He feels so far,' Stephane says, when Alison shows him a selfie Owen had taken. 'He feels so close,' she says). With beautiful specificity, Stephane shows how they resist that isolation and reconfigure their marriage from within. As Stephane navigates his grief, the memoir expands to explore how society reacts to the death of a child. He depicts the 'good death' of his father, which enlarges Stephane's perspective on mortality. He excavates the history of the Green River--rife with hazards not mentioned in the rafting company's brochures. He explores how stories can both memorialize and obscure a person's life--and how they can rescue us. Disaster Falls is a powerful account of a life cleaved in two--raw, truthful, and unexpectedly consoling"-- Provided by publisher.
Citation: Gerson, Stéphane. "Disaster Falls : a family story." New York : Crown, 2017.

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