Tuesday, June 07, 2011


Say Her Name, Francisco Goldman, Grove Press, 2011, 288 pp

I was just completely bowled over by Goldman's latest book. It is a novel based on his true life experience of losing his wife. I reviewed it for BookBrowse and this week it is a featured review there, meaning you can read the review without being a subscriber, though I highly recommend that you do subscribe.

The review begins thus:

As Francisco Goldman says midway through his book, all over the world, everyday, people lose loved ones, yet each person's loss is unique. Each of us has a story to tell, a love to honor, and an excruciating path of grief to bear while learning to live without the one who died.

After Aura's death, Goldman read everything he could get his hands on about grieving, and not one of the books could explain how he should deal with having lost the love of his life; so he wrote his own book. It is brilliant, brutal, truthful, and I found great reassurance in his words, as there is no easy or dignified way to bear the insanity that death and loss bring.

Continue reading the review here:

(Say Her Name is available in hardcover by order from Once Upon A Time Bookstore.)

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