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A Self-Inflicted Death: Joan Wickersham's 'The Suicide Index'
You're saying, I'm gone and you can't even be sure who it is that's gone, because you never knew me. 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.
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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. Read more Allow this favorite library to be seen by others Keep this favorite library private.
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Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item The author's father shot himself in the head. Using an index - that most formal and orderly of structures, this book explores this chaotic and incomprehensible reality. There really was no way to tell for sure if a man was in a corner. And what that man, if he ever got into a corner, might do. Implicit in such a statement is the question of what we might do, of how much any one of us can take.
Finalist, National Book Awards 2008 for Nonfiction
The indexing idea, then, is both an admission of this inability and an attempt to work around it: How better to comprehend the incomprehensible than by giving it a shape, an order, it did not -- could not -- have in actual life? There is, of course, a risk here, that the structure of the book might become a gimmick. About Us.
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Trapped in that day, that brutal realization and incomprehensible loss, Wickersham cannot move forward without sorting endlessly through the if-only s and what-if s, a patient, supportive husband standing on the sidelines pondering the impact of this event on his family. I make this step for her; I hate what he has done, regardless of the reason. I am free of the love that binds this daughter to arguably the most important male figure in her life, the model for her choices.
Long after the funeral, friends and relatives returned to their lives, the author searches for the ever-elusive answer from psychiatrist to psychiatrist, a well-traveled landscape long fallow of new ideas.
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