The Girl Behind the Door: A Father's Quest to Understand His Daughter's Suicide

The Girl Behind the Door: A Father's Quest to Understand His Daughter's Suicide

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"A moving and riveting memoir about one family's love and tragedy...beautifully researched, and expressed" (Anne Lamott). Early one Tuesday morning John Brooks went to his teenage daughter's room. Casey was gone, but she had left a note: The car is parked at the Golden Gate Bridge. I'm sorry. Within hours a security video showed Casey stepping off the bridge. Brooks spent several years after Casey's suicide trying to understand what led his seventeen-year-old daughter to take her life. He examines Casey's journey from her abandonment at birth in Poland, to the orphanage where she lived for her first fourteen months, to her adoption and life with John and his wife, Erika, in Northern California. He reads. He talks to Casey's friends, teachers, doctors, therapists, and other parents. He consults adoption experts, researchers, clinicians, attachment therapists, and social workers. In The Girl Behind the Door, Brooks's "desperate search for answers and guilt for not doing the right thing without knowing what it was reveals the utter helplessness of suicide survivors" (Kirkus Reviews). Ultimately, Brooks comes to realize that Casey probably suffered an attachment disorder from her infancy--an affliction common among children who've been orphaned, neglected, and abused. She might have been helped if someone had recognized this. The Girl Behind the Door is an important book for parents, mental health professionals, and teens: "Rarely have the subjects of suicide, adoption, adolescence, and parenting been explored so openly and honestly" (John Bateson, Former Executive Director, Contra Costa County Crisis Center, and author of The Final Leap: Suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge).show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 15mm | 200g
  • SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1501128361
  • 9781501128363
  • 1,898,173

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"A moving and riveting memoir about one family's love and tragedy. It contains extremely important information about the disordered sense of attachment that children of orphanages and institutionalization can experience. And it is beautifully researched, and expressed. I love this girl Casey, and her brave parents, and am very grateful that Mr. Brooks has written this book."--Anne Lamott "Rarely have the subjects of suicide, adoption, adolescence, and parenting been explored so openly and honestly."--John Bateson, Former Executive Director, Contra Costa County Crisis Center, and author of The Final Leap: Suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge "A must-read for anyone who has adopted or plans to adopt."--Nancy Newton Verrier, author of The Primal Wound and Coming Home to Self This is the story of a family like many. Years ago they came together with love and hopefulness. They were determined and uncertain, courageous and afraid and ultimately, innocent and guilty. Do not think that because this is a book about an adoptive family that you will not recognize yourself. Do not think that because it is about a child s suicide that you can have the luxury of turning away Read this book. --Anne Brodzinsky, Ph.D. author of The Mulberry Bird" "I wish all agencies doing international adoptions made this book required reading. As tragic as your story is, I think it is all too common."--Eileen McQuade, American Adoption Congress "This is the story of a family like many. Years ago they came together with love and hopefulness. They were determined and uncertain, courageous and afraid and ultimately, innocent and guilty. Do not think that because this is a book about an adoptive family that you will not recognize yourself. Do not think that because it is about a child's suicide that you can have the luxury of turning away...Read this book."--Anne Brodzinsky, Ph.D. author of The Mulberry Birdshow more

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