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Author Gerson, Stéphane, author.

Title Disaster Falls : a family story / Stéphane Gerson.

Publication Info. New York : Crown, [2017]


Location Call No. Status
 Bristol, Main Library - Non Fiction  155.937 GERSON    Check Shelf
 Cromwell-Belden Public Library - Adult Department  155.937 GER    Check Shelf
 Middletown, Russell Library - Adult Nonfiction  306.85 GER    Check Shelf
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  155.93 G32    Check Shelf
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Non Fiction  155.937 GERSON    Check Shelf
 Wethersfield Public Library - Non Fiction  155.937 GERSON    Check Shelf
 Windsor, Main Library - Adult Department  155.937 GE    Check Shelf
Edition First edition.
Description 258 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-256).
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 Falls chronicles 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.
Subject Gerson, Stéphane.
Gerson, Stéphane -- Family.
Gerson, Stéphane -- Marriage.
Drowning -- Utah -- Green River.
Children -- United States -- Death.
Fathers and sons -- United States -- Biography.
Married people -- United States -- Biography.
Family crises -- United States.
Parental grief -- United States.
Loss (Psychology)
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Death, Grief, Bereavement.
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Parenting / Fatherhood.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
Other Form: Online version: Gerson, Stéphane, author. Disaster Falls First edition. New York : Crown, [2017] 9781101906705
ISBN 9781101906699 (hardcover)
1101906693 (hardcover)
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