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Disaster Falls: A Family Story (edição 2017)

por Stephane Gerson (Autor)

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"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"--"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"--… (mais)
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Título:Disaster Falls: A Family Story
Autores:Stephane Gerson (Autor)
Informação:Crown (2017), 272 pages
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Avaliação:*****
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This is such a tragedy. To lose your 8-year-old son on vacation while rafting and later finding out it could have been prevented if the rafting company cared more about safety than profit is heartbreaking. This family learned how to go forward and live without their son in the physical world when tragedy can pull a family apart. ( )
  MHanover10 | Feb 4, 2018 |
Disaster Falls is a tragic story about loss, grieving, and healing. It's a parent's worst nightmare.

I found myself crying throughout the book and the story felt so real to me. Everything they endured can be felt as the words feel as though they're just pouring out of him. As a parent, I think the emotions are so strong because you put yourself in their shoes, and glimpse the agony and terror they live with.

I almost wished the story was told in chronological order, but it makes sense in the end.

3.5***

Thanks to Netgalley and the author for a copy in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  Mischenko | Nov 30, 2017 |
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This is a beautifully written memoir by a father whose 8-year-old son, Owen, dies in a river rafting accident in Disaster Falls, Utah. The author tells his story in pieces, not starting the book with a full account of what happened on the river. His grief is so well described that I could begin to understand a parent's pain after a child's death. Part of the story is the author's own experience with his father's death (after Owen's death), and how many of his emotions came full circle. This story will stay with me for a long time. ( )
  ravensfan | Sep 20, 2017 |
Esta crítica foi escrita no âmbito dos Primeiros Críticos do LibraryThing.
There is no owner’s manual for grief.

Stéphane Gerson calmly shares the story of his family during the five years following the accidental death of an eight year old child. Parts of this book are tough to read. Sometimes I had to put it down. But after starting the book, I needed to know how this family had moved forward, coping with the unimaginable.

The description of the accident itself unfolds as does memory, in flashbacks and remembered premonitions, second thoughts and comforts, clinical facts and suppositions. It nestles amidst the story of a family of four, suddenly a family of three, struggling to make sense of how to go on with their lives individually and, by conscious agreement, together.

Some of what happened after Owen’s death was predictable, some unexpected and seemingly odd - until the reader remembers that each parent, sibling, classmate, and friend experienced this loss in a unique way. ( )
1 vote LNDuff | Jul 18, 2017 |
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As I lost a child, the book was very sad for me. It was very hard and personal to me of the reality of death that we are unprepared for in our life.
It was a very honest look at the family and their mourning the loss of the son. This real story of their next few years was very honest look at the family. This was an actual story. ( )
  hope3957 | Jul 15, 2017 |
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"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"--"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"--

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