When Anne Edelstein was 42, her mother, a capable swimmer in good health, drowned while snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef. Caring for two small children of her own, Anne suddenly found herself grieving not only for her emotionally distant mother but also for her beloved younger brother, Danny, who had killed himself violently over a decade before. In a series of emotionally resonant flashbacks, we learn about a family history of tragic loss and how Anne’s mother sought to distance herself from the past by committing herself into her work as the esteemed principal of a Boston-area Hebrew School. Anne finds herself confronting the fraught relationship she has shared with her mother alongside her family’s legacy of mental illness. Part memoir and part meditation on joy and grief, the book will resonate with anyone who has ever struggled to come to terms with their parents, their siblings, their children, and their place in the world.
Lifesaving for Beginners
- From the Publisher
May 16, 2017
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