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The suicide index : putting my father's death in order

Author: Joan Wickersham
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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When you kill yourself, you kill every memory everyone has of you. You're saying, I'm gone and you can't even be sure who it is that's gone, because you never knew me. Sixteen years ago, Joan Wickersham's father shot himself in the head. The father she loved would never have killed himself, and yet he had. His death made a mystery of his entire life. Using an index, that most formal and orderly of structures,  Read more...
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Named Person: Joan Wickersham
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joan Wickersham
ISBN: 9780151014903 0151014906 9780156033800 0156033801
OCLC Number: 156902283
Awards: National Book Award Finalist, Nonfiction, 2008
Description: 316 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Suicide --
Act of --
Attempt to imagine --
Bare-bones account --
Immediate aftermath --
Anger about --
Attitude toward his --
Mine --
Belief that change of scene might unlock emotion concerning --
Day after --
Brother's appearance --
Concern that he will be viewed differently now --
"Little room" discussion with his business partner --
Search warrant --
Speculation relating to bulge --
Deviation from chronological narrative of --
Factors that may have had direct or indirect bearing on expensive good time --
Pots of money --
Uneasy problem of blame --
Finding some humor in --
Ashes --
Valentine's Day --
Glimpses of his character relevant to Information from his brother sparked by --
Intrafamilial relationships reexamined in light of Munich --
My grandmother --
Items found in my husband's closet and --
Life summarized in an attempt to illuminate --
Numbness and --
Bullwinkle --
Chicken pox --
Duration --
Food --
Husband --
Psychiatric response --
Various reprieves --
Opposing versions of --
Other people's stories concerning --
Other shoe and --
Philosophical conundrums stemming from --
First --
Second --
Possible ways to talk to a child about --
Family tree --
Full disclosure --
Not yet --
Rational approach --
Weapons god --
Psychiatry as an indirect means of addressing --
Psychological impact of --
Readings in the literature of --
Romances of mother in years following --
"Things" folder and --
Thoughts on method of --
Where I am now.
Responsibility: Joan Wickersham.
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The author's father shot himself in the head. The father she loved would never have killed himself, and yet he had. Using an index - that most formal and orderly of structures, this book explores  Read more...

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"* "No one can ever fully answer the devastating question that suicide remains for those left behind, yet here, in Joan Wickersham's exquisitely straightforward story, I found surprising consolation. Read more...

 
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