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Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing About Grief and Loss / Edition 1
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Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing About Grief and Loss / Edition 1

by Jessica Handler
 

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ISBN-10: 1250014638

ISBN-13: 9781250014634

Pub. Date: 12/10/2013

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Braving the Fire is the first book to provide a road map for the journey of writing honestly about grief and loss. Created specifically by and for the writer who has experienced illness, loss, or the death of a loved one, Braving the Fire takes the writers' perspective in exploring the challenges and rewards for the writer who has chosen, with courage

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Braving the Fire is the first book to provide a road map for the journey of writing honestly about grief and loss. Created specifically by and for the writer who has experienced illness, loss, or the death of a loved one, Braving the Fire takes the writers' perspective in exploring the challenges and rewards for the writer who has chosen, with courage and candor, to be the memory keeper. It will be useful to the memoirist just starting out, as well as those already in the throes of coming to terms with complicated emotions and the challenges of shaping a compelling, coherent true story.

Loosely organized around the familiar Kübler-Ross model of Five Stages of Grief, Braving the Fire uses these stages to help the reader and writer though the emotional and writing tasks before them, incorporating interviews and excerpts from other treasured writers who've done the same. Insightful contributions from Nick Flynn, Darin Strauss, Kathryn Rhett, Natasha Trethewey, and Neil White, among others, are skillfully bended with Handler's own approaches to facing grief a second time to be able to write about it. Each section also includes advice and wisdom from leading doctors and therapists about the physical experience of grieving.
Handler is a compassionate guide who has braved the fire herself, and delivers practical and inspirational direction throughout.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250014634
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
12/10/2013
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
724,845
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Copyright Acknowledgments v

Acknowledgments x

Introduction: Transformed by Loss 1

1 Denial: The Right to Write 13

2 Anger: Writing the Worst and Best in Characters (Including Yourself) and Why There's No Plot Without Conflict 31

3 Bargaining: Your Memoir s Form 103

4 Depression: Taking Care of Yourself While You Write 164

5 Acceptance: Adding New Chapters to Your Life 190

6 Renewal: The Courage in the Last Page 209

Author's Note 231

Select Bibliography 233

Index 237

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