Ever after: A Father's True Story

Ever after: A Father's True Story

by William Wharton
     
 

From the powerful author of Birdy, Dad, and A Midnight Clear, the acclaimed memoir about a family's tragedy, recovery, and spiritual renewal. It is the true story of the events that changed Wharton's life and gave him a belief in an afterlife--the story of the tragedy that killed his 36-year-old daughter and her family in a highway collision, told amazingly from his…  See more details below

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From the powerful author of Birdy, Dad, and A Midnight Clear, the acclaimed memoir about a family's tragedy, recovery, and spiritual renewal. It is the true story of the events that changed Wharton's life and gave him a belief in an afterlife--the story of the tragedy that killed his 36-year-old daughter and her family in a highway collision, told amazingly from his daughter Kate's point of view, as well as his own.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Until August 3, 1988, novelist Wharton (Birdy, 1979, Last Lovers, LJ 4/15/91) and his close-knit family had led a rather charmed and charming life "in a kind of never-never land where nothing happens to us, only to other people." But on that terrible day, disaster struck; Wharton's oldest daughter, Kate; her husband, Bert; and their daughters, two-year-old Dayiel and eight-month-old Mia, were killed in a 23-car collision on an Oregon highway, triggered by dense smoke rolling over from nearby fields where a farmer had been burning grass stubble. In his first nonfiction work, which he terms "biography-autobiography-fiction...in the form of a documentary novel." Wharton applies the same literary techniques that made his novels so emotionally compelling to tell a powerful story of devastating loss and spiritual healing. In Part 1, he uses Kate's voice poignantly to reimagine the vibrant lives and violent deaths of a loving young family. In the next two sections, Wharton recounts his grief and anger at an accident that could have been prevented and his three-year legal battle to bring the environmental issue of field burning to trial. No happy endings here, but two spiritual epiphanies give Wharton and readers a new understanding of life and whatever lies beyond death. Highly recommended. [See profile on p. 109.-Ed.]-Wilda Williams, "Library Journal"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557042965
Publisher:
Newmarket Press
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
4.71(w) x 7.17(h) x 1.04(d)

Meet the Author

A self-described painter who writes, William Wharton is the pen name for the author of two memoirs—Houseboat on the Seine and Ever After—as well as eight novels—Birdy, Dad, A Midnight Clear, Scumbler, Pride, Tidings, Franky Furbo, and Last Lovers. His works have been acclaimed worldwide and have been translated into over fifteen languages.

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