The Suicide Index

The Suicide Index : Putting My Father's Death in Order

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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 - Wickersham explores this chaotic and incomprehensible reality. Every bit of family history - marriage, parents, business failures - and every encounter with friends, doctors, and other survivors exposes another facet of elusive truth. Dark, funny, sad, and gripping, at once a philosophical and deeply personal exploration, "The Suicide Index" is, finally, a daughter's anguished, loving elegy to her father.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 142.24 x 208.28 x 27.94mm | 476.27g
  • Harcourt Publishers,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Scribner Hardco.
  • 0151014906
  • 9780151014903
  • 2,106,588

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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. It is a love story, a mystery, a quiet tragedy, a dark comedy, and a profoundly absorbing modern family saga. It will stay with me for a very long time." Julia Glass, author of A Three Dog Life"
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