By Francis Chalifour

Nominated for the Governor General's Literary Awards 2005, (Children's Literature, Text)

Fifteen-year-old Francis's father has dedicated suicide and not anything often is the comparable back. Suicide is gruesome, unglamorous, and it really is by no means an answer. Its aftermath is dreadful.

At first, Francis feels a bad guilt. may well he were a greater son? What if he hadn't left his domestic in Montreal to move on a short vacation in ny the weekend it occurred? quickly the guilt turns to anger after which to a unhappiness so profound that he thinks he can't undergo it.

After is the map of a yr following the suicide of a friend. during months, with the affection of his mom, with counseling, and with the balm of time, Francis takes his first steps towards coming to phrases together with his father's -- and his family's -- tragedy. After is very own, however it will resonate with someone who has confronted the lack of a enjoyed one.

This amazing autobiographical first novel is an acute research of the grieving procedure. even though it is steeped in Francis's unhappiness, it truly is finally a narrative of wish.

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Nominated for the Governor General's Literary Awards 2005, (Children's Literature, Text)

Fifteen-year-old Francis's father has devoted suicide and not anything could be the related back. Suicide is gruesome, unglamorous, and it truly is by no means an answer. Its aftermath is dreadful.

At first, Francis feels a negative guilt. may possibly he were a greater son? What if he hadn't left his domestic in Montreal to head on a short vacation in long island the weekend it occurred? quickly the guilt turns to anger after which to a unhappiness so profound that he thinks he can't undergo it.

After is the map of a 12 months following the suicide of a loved one. during months, with the affection of his mom, with counseling, and with the balm of time, Francis takes his first steps towards coming to phrases together with his father's -- and his family's -- tragedy. After is extremely own, however it will resonate with someone who has confronted the lack of a enjoyed one.

This great autobiographical first novel is an acute research of the grieving approach. even though it is steeped in Francis's unhappiness, it truly is finally a narrative of desire.

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A few days later, when I had been at the hospital for about six weeks, Dad appeared alone in the doorway of my room. He told me we were going to check out, Rex Walls–style. ” I asked. “You just trust your old man,” Dad said. He unhooked my right arm from the sling over my head. As he held me close, I breathed in his familiar smell of Vitalis, whiskey, and cigarette smoke. It reminded me of home. Dad hurried down the hall with me in his arms. A nurse yelled for us to stop, but Dad broke into a run.

When we put down the backseat of the Green Caboose, there was room for everyone to sleep, though sometimes someone’s feet would be sticking in my face. One night a policeman tapped on our window and said we had to leave; it was illegal to sleep on the beach. He was nice and kept calling us. “folks” and even drew us a map to a place where we could sleep without getting arrested. But after he left, Dad called him the goddamn gestapo and said that people like that got their jollies pushing people like us around.

All of Dad’s engineering skills and mathematical genius were coming together in one special project: a great big house he was going to build for us in the desert. It would have a glass ceiling and thick glass walls and even a glass staircase. The Glass Castle would have solar cells on the top that would catch the sun’s rays and convert them into electricity for heating and cooling and running all the appliances. It would even have its own water-purification system. Dad had worked out the architecture and the floor plans and most of the mathematical calculations.

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