Bigger than Life: A Murder, a Memoir

Bigger than Life: A Murder, a Memoir

by Dinah Lenney
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803229763

ISBN-13: 9780803229761

Pub. Date: 03/28/2007

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press

Nelson Gross led an outsized life—one in which he played many roles: father, brother, husband, politician, entrepreneur. When he was killed by a couple of teenagers in a botched abduction and robbery, the murder shook his family in predictable and terrible ways. For his daughter, Dinah Lenney, parent of her own young children, the loss sparked a

Overview

Nelson Gross led an outsized life—one in which he played many roles: father, brother, husband, politician, entrepreneur. When he was killed by a couple of teenagers in a botched abduction and robbery, the murder shook his family in predictable and terrible ways. For his daughter, Dinah Lenney, parent of her own young children, the loss sparked a self-reckoning that led to this book, which is both a meditation on grief and a coming-of-age story. By turns funny and sad, frustrating and fulfilling, her candid memoir conducts readers through marriage and divorce, blended and broken families—and, finally, the kinds of conflict that infect the best of us under even the best of circumstances. In the end, Lenney leaves us with the sense that in spite of extraordinary events—as with most families—it is mutual forgiveness and love that lead us to empathy, acceptance, and the will to carry on.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803229761
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Series:
American Lives Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgements.......................................................ix
1. Prologue: Eliza Wants to Know.......................................1
2. The Contents of the File............................................7
3. The Last Visit......................................................9
4. Missing.............................................................12
5. Just Business.......................................................16
6. Still Missing.......................................................22
7. Driving Lessons.....................................................26
8. Waiting.............................................................31
9. My Old Man..........................................................35
10. The House with the Gate............................................39
11. I Remember.........................................................49
12. Albert and Rose....................................................52
13. Acting.............................................................67
14. Eulogies...........................................................73
15. Christmas with Dogs................................................82
16. Looking for Crumbs.................................................97
17. The Drama of the Not Particularly Gifted Child.....................101
18. October, 1998......................................................106
19. Mementos...........................................................113
20. Messages Received..................................................122
21. Nelson and Leah....................................................127
22.Coming and Going...................................................133
23. Mythology..........................................................140
24. Two Fathers........................................................151
25. My Father under My Fingernails.....................................156
26. Resentment.........................................................161
27. Conjecture.........................................................165
28. Uncles.............................................................176
29. Recovery...........................................................190
30. Keeping in Touch...................................................195
31. Family Gifts.......................................................203
32. After Life.........................................................215
33. A Pretty Good Day..................................................218
34. Coda...............................................................224

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