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To the river : losing my brother

Author: Don Gillmor
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"An eloquent and haunting exploration of suicide in which one of Canada's most gifted writers attempts to understand why his brother took his own life. Which leads him to another powerful question: Why are boomers killing themselves at a far greater rate than the Silent Generation before them or the generations that have followed? In the spring of 2006, Don Gillmor travelled to Whitehorse to reconstruct the last  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Gillmor, Don, author.
To the river.:
Toronto : Random House Canada, 2018.
(CaOONL)20189045353
Named Person: David Gillmor; David Gillmor
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Don Gillmor
ISBN: 9780345814661 0345814665
OCLC Number: 1077272055
Description: 257 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The river --
A perfect world --
A northern mystery --
Long day's journey into night --
Dinner at the end of the world --
Solo canoe --
Aftermath --
Lost boys --
The ghost in the machine --
Dead poet society --
Suicidology --
Far from home --
The song remains the same --
Epilogue: The river redux --
Acknowledgements.
Responsibility: Don Gillmor.

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"An eloquent and haunting exploration of suicide in which one of Canada's most gifted writers attempts to understand why his brother took his own life. Which leads him to another powerful question: Why are boomers killing themselves at a far greater rate than the Silent Generation before them or the generations that have followed? In the spring of 2006, Don Gillmor travelled to Whitehorse to reconstruct the last days of his brother, David, whose truck and cowboy hat were found at the edge of the Yukon River just outside of town the previous December. David's family, his second wife, and his friends had different theories about his disappearance. Some thought David had run away; some thought he'd met with foul play; but most believed that David, a talented musician who at the age of 48 was about to give up the night life for a day job, had intentionally walked into the water. Just as Don was about to paddle the river looking for traces, David's body was found, six months after he'd gone into the river. And Don's canoe trip turned into an act of remembrance and mourning. At least David could now be laid to rest. But there was no rest for his survivors. As his brother writes, "When people die of suicide, one of the things they leave behind is suicide itself. It becomes a country. At first I was a visitor, but eventually I became a citizen." In this tender, probing, surprising work, Don Gillmor brings back news from that country for all of us who wonder why people kill themselves. And why, for the first time, it's not the teenaged or the elderly who have the highest suicide rate, but the middle aged. Especially men"

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