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Fireflies: A Father's Classic Tale of Love and Loss

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Morrell recounts the powerful story of watching his 15-year-old son wage a heroic but doomed struggle with bone cancer--an unforgettable story of fierce love, impenetrable loss, and an unexpected, breathtaking encounter with the miraculous.
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Overview

Morrell recounts the powerful story of watching his 15-year-old son wage a heroic but doomed struggle with bone cancer--an unforgettable story of fierce love, impenetrable loss, and an unexpected, breathtaking encounter with the miraculous.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This is a semi-fictionalized account of the death, from a rare form of cancer, of the author's 15-year-old son. Morrell surrealistically finds himself on the floor of his kitchen, several days before Matthew dies; he has been in the future and, having read the hospital report on the causes of Matthew's death, wants to give his son antibiotics as a prophylactic against the septic shock that will ultimately kill him. Back in the present, the doctors at the University of Iowa hospital don't understand how the author can predict what will happen. They argue that antibiotics could weaken Matthew; they think Morrell is crazed from the strain of his son's illness. He sneaks into Matthew's hospital room and administers the drugs anyway, but they don't save the boy's life. Morrell (First Blood) tells of his family's fear and hurt; of his misapprehension of God's purpose; and of supernatural experiencesfireflies, that signify souls, appear to Morrell; one of them is Matthew, who speaks to his father; a dove trapped in the mausoleum at Matthew's funeral allows Morrell to set it free. A painful book to read; the son's courageand the father's anguishjump from the emotionally charged pages. But in terms of style, the comparison that comes to mind is not the dense introspection of, say, James Agee's A Death in the Family , but rather the melodramatic treatment of Eric Segal's Love Story . 50,000 first printing; $100,000 ad/promo (Nov.)
Library Journal
Skillfully combining fictional and nonfictional writing, Morrell tries to convey the feeling of having a beloved teenaged son die of a rare form of cancer. With sensitivity, in agony, and in love, he recounts the progress of the disease and treatment; the continuing hope and setback; and the difficult choices he and his wife must make (including a 15-minute, no-second-thoughts decision in the midst of major surgery). He vividly recounts his admiration for his son's courageous persistence; his own, nearly overwhelming, panic attacks; his poignant denial of his son's death; and the comfort of three seemingly mystical signs he receives. Highly recommended for general and seminary libraries. Carolyn M. Craft, Longwood Coll., Farmville, Va.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780896218604
  • Publisher: Macmillan Library Reference
  • Publication date: 1/1/1989
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 257

Meet the Author

David Morrell is the acclaimed author of First Blood, the novel in which Rambo was created. His numerous New York Times bestsellers include the classic spy trilogy The Brotherhood of the Rose (the basis for a top-rated television miniseries that premiered after a Super Bowl), The Fraternity of the Stone, and The League of Night and Fog. An Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity nominee, Morrell is the recipient of three Bram Stoker awards as well as the International Thriller Writers’ prestigious Thriller Master award. Send him an email at www.davidmorrell.net.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2000

    Every parent should read!

    David Morrell's Fireflies is a very honest and painful tribute to and about his son Matthew. This book is an invaluable resource to bereaved family members that have experienced the death of a child. He describes the unique roller coaster of hope that families go through. The epilogue alone brings comfort to the hearts of families that have 'been there ~ done that'. There are so few books written by bereaved dads that express their thoughts & feelings. Every parent should read this book ~ and realize the gift that our children are.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 1999

    A must read!!!

    Truly one of the most moving accounts I have ever read. Absolutly could not put this book down. Mr. Morrell has always impressed me as an unsurpassed storyteller, but this work was overwhelming.

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