History of A Suicide

History of A Suicide

My Sister's Unfinished Life

Book - 2011
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The author presents an account of her sister's suicide, and the lifelong impact that the suicide has had on her own life and the lives of the other members of her family.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2011.
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781439101933
Branch Call Number: 362.28092/BIALOSKY
Characteristics: xx, 252 p. ; 23 cm.


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Oct 26, 2014

It is hard to give a bad review when it is clear that the person is trying so hard to be excrutiatingly honest. The lifelong emotional and reality impact of her sister's death in a moment of tragic decision is clearly written.

What I take from this book is that death is not the final goodbye by any means. Writer also had to deal witlh two early deaths of her children when all this was going on -- that's a lot to carry - a lot to deal with.

She touchingly illustrate the gift her sister inadvertantly gave her of not taking life for granted of balancing carefulness with an understanding that there is just so much you can control.

Aug 28, 2014

I have seen bad reviews on this book but I personally think it was wonderfully written and I really enjoyed the way she put in a lot of information in regards to psychologist and studies and everything she quoted! I really could not put this book down! I was sad when it was over! ALSO I would have to say I am confident that in the right persons hands this can really give insight on how suicide affects each person individually and the ways we deal with loss!

Jul 12, 2011

I did not think this was well written. It was choppy and repetitive and made me feel like I was reading a college essay. It also made me wish that the author had sought counseling after her sisters suicide - if only for the sake of her long suffering husband and, especially, her son who seems to have lived in the troubled shadows of his mothers obsession with her own guilt and denial.

May 16, 2011

Very well written with references to poets and philosophers who all at one time or another tried to answer the question of what would lead someone to take their own life. Thoughtful and touching book.

debwalker Apr 02, 2011

"Could the aftermath of a suicide be depicted any more poignantly than this? "Everyone...at the grave site must have wondered what he or she might have said or done that may have affected Kim's act, and our responsibility left us speechless." So writes poet and novelist Bialosky of her sister's decision to end her life at age 21. Bialosky was as much mother as sister to Kim, and her death, even two decades later, remains as devastating as the loss of a child. This searing elegy is the author's release from speechlessness and an encouragement to other suicide survivors to find such release. Studded with Kim's writings and informed by the latest research, this memoir reads like butter and cuts like a knife."
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