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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"* "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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Book Description Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: THE SUICIDE INDEX Suicide:act ofattempt to imagine, 14bare-bones account, 56immediate aftermath, 734anger about, 35attitude towardhis, 3642mine, 43belief that change of scene might unlock emotion concerning, 4447day afterbrother's appearance, 4853concern that he will be viewed differently now, 5455"little room" discussion with his business partner, 5658search warrant, 5960speculation relating to bulge, 6166deviation from chronological narrative of, 6771factors that may have had direct or indirect bearing onexpensive good time, 7287Suicide:factors that may have had direct or indirect bearing on(cont.)pots of money, 88102uneasy problem of blame, 103104finding some humor inashes, 105Valentine's Day, 106glimpses of his character relevant to, 107115information from his brother sparked by, 116123intrafamilial relationships reexamined in light ofMunich, 124138my grandmother, 139151items found in my husband's closet and, 152156life summarized in an attempt to illuminate, 157195numbness andBullwinkle, 196198chicken pox, 199200duration, 201food, 202203husband, 204206psychiatric response, 207211various reprieves, 212213opposing versions of, 214215other people's stories concerning, 216223other shoe and, 224228Suicide:(cont.)philosophical conundrums stemming fromfirst, 229second, 230possible ways to talk to a child aboutfamily tree, 231233full disclosure, 234235not yet, 236237rational approach, 238242weapons god, 243246psychiatry as an indirect means of addressing, 247255psychological impact of, 256273readings in the literature of, 274277romances of mother in years following, 278296"things" folder and, 297301thoughts on method of, 302304where I am now, 305316. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0151014906

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