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A Music I No Longer Heard: The Early Death of a Parent
by Leslie Simon
Parents die. At any age, the loss of a parent marks a profound and often overlooked transition in life. When the parent leaves a young child to grow up without guidance, nurturing, goading, and love, the event becomes a landmark, a defining moment. When authors Leslie Simon and Jan Johnson Drantell learned of their common experience of losing a parent at a young age, they ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 10th 1998 by Simon & Schuster
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This is a remarkable book. The authors, each of whom lost a parent before the age of 18, interviewed some 70 people – a handful of whom are more public figures, but the majority, everyday folk, with a similar background. I particularly like the way it is structured – the chapters deal with issues such as the death itself, the funeral, milestone events, relationships later in life… that sort of thing. Every interview account is cross-referenced, so to speak, indicating the age of the interviewee, ...more