I'll See You Again

I'll See You Again

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by Jackie Hance
     
 

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In a powerful and intimate memoir, Jackie Hance shares her story of unbearable loss, darkest despair, and—slowly, painfully, and miraculously—her cautious return to hope and love.

Until the horrific car accident on New York State’s Taconic Parkway that took the lives of her three beloved young daughters, Jackie Hance was an ordinary Long Island

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In a powerful and intimate memoir, Jackie Hance shares her story of unbearable loss, darkest despair, and—slowly, painfully, and miraculously—her cautious return to hope and love.

Until the horrific car accident on New York State’s Taconic Parkway that took the lives of her three beloved young daughters, Jackie Hance was an ordinary Long Island mom, fulfilled by the joyful chaos of a household bustling with life and chatter and love. After the tragedy, she was “The Taconic Mom,” whose unimaginable loss embodied every parent’s worst nightmare. Suddenly, her life-long Catholic faith no longer explained the world. Her marriage to her husband, Warren, was ravaged by wrenching grief and recrimination. And her mind, unable to cope with the unfathomable, reinvented reality each night, so she awoke each morning having forgotten the heartbreaking facts: that Emma, age 8; Alyson, age 7; and Katie, age 5, were gone forever. They were killed in a minivan driven by their aunt, Jackie’s sister-in-law, Diane Schuler, while returning from a camping weekend on a sunny July morning.

I’ll See You Again chronicles the day Jackie received the traumatizing phone call that defied all understanding, and the numbed and torturous events that followed—including the devastating medical findings that shattered Jackie to the core and shocked America. But this profoundly honest account is also the story of how a tight-knit community rallied around the Hances, providing the courage and strength for them to move forward. It’s a story of forgiveness, hope, and rebirth, as Jackie and Warren struggle to rediscover the possibility of joy by welcoming their fourth daughter, Kasey Rose Hance.

The story that Jackie Hance shares for the first time will touch your heart and warm you to the power of love and hope.

Editorial Reviews

RoseMarie Terenzio
"Jackie Hance wills herself to live through unspeakable loss. Told with grace and courage, I'll See You Again gives profound insight into the humanity of grief, marriage and motherhood."
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“A wonderful and courageous book, I’ll See You Again is a story of unimaginable loss, extraordinary compassion, and ultimately, redemption and rebirth. Thank you, Jackie Hance, for sharing your story.” —Jeannette Walls, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Glass Castle

I'll See You Again details the heartbreaking story of Jackie and Warren Hance. Their story is one of hope, faith in God, friendships, and ultimately in each other.” —Carole Radziwill, New York Times bestselling author of What Remains

"Jackie Hance wills herself to live through unspeakable loss. Told with grace and courage, I'll See You Again gives profound insight into the humanity of grief, marriage and motherhood."

“I was immediately pulled into this beautifully moving, painfully honest, and ultimately uplifting memoir. I found myself fighting alongside Jackie, and rooting for her, as she comes out of the darkness and into a place where she is able to forgive, live, and hope again, and know that our loved ones are never far from us.”

“With sharp-edged observations and a clear voice, Hance carries the reader through the maelstrom of heart wrenching loss to a place where hope still glimmers.”

“Maybe you don't believe in heaven. Maybe you don't believe in hell. But you will believe in both after you read Jackie Hance's I'll See You Again. Unflinching pain and unwavering hope burn into this story line by line. You'll read this book in one breath, and, left breathless, you will never forget.”

Wendy Lawless
“I was immediately pulled into this beautifully moving, painfully honest, and ultimately uplifting memoir. I found myself fighting alongside Jackie, and rooting for her, as she comes out of the darkness and into a place where she is able to forgive, live, and hope again, and know that our loved ones are never far from us.”
Jennifer Gardner Trulson
“With sharp-edged observations and a clear voice, Hance carries the reader through the maelstrom of heart wrenching loss to a place where hope still glimmers.”
Jacquelyn Mitchard
“Maybe you don't believe in heaven. Maybe you don't believe in hell. But you will believe in both after you read Jackie Hance's I'll See You Again. Unflinching pain and unwavering hope burn into this story line by line. You'll read this book in one breath, and, left breathless, you will never forget.”
Jeannette Walls
“A wonderful and courageous book, I’ll See You Again is a story of unimaginable loss, extraordinary compassion, and ultimately, redemption and rebirth. Thank you, Jackie Hance, for sharing your story.”
Carole Radziwill
I'll See You Again details the heartbreaking story of Jackie and Warren Hance. Their story is one of hope, faith in God, friendships, and ultimately in each other.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781476758008
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Publication date:
03/04/2014
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
388,129
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.90(d)

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I’ll See You Again


  • July 26, 2009

  • What People are saying about this

    Carole Radziwill
    I'll See You Again details the heartbreaking story of Jackie and Warren Hance. Their story is one of hope, faith in God, friendships, and ultimately in each other. - Carole Radziwill, New York Times bestselling author of What Remains
    Wendy Lawless
    “I was immediately pulled into this beautifully moving, painfully honest, and ultimately uplifting memoir. I found myself fighting alongside Jackie, and rooting for her, as she comes out of the darkness and into a place where she is able to forgive, live, and hope again, and know that our loved ones are never far from us.” - Wendy Lawless
    Jennifer Gardner Trulson
    “With sharp-edged observations and a clear voice, Hance carries the reader through the maelstrom of heart wrenching loss to a place where hope still glimmers.” - Jennifer Gardner Trulson
    Jeannette Walls
    A wonderful and courageous book, I'll See You Again is a story of unimaginable loss, extraordinary compassion, and ultimately, redemption and rebirth. Thank you, Jackie Hance, for sharing your story. - Jeannette Walls, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Glass Castle
    Jacquelyn Mitchard
    “Maybe you don't believe in heaven. Maybe you don't believe in hell. But you will believe in both after you read Jackie Hance's I'll See You Again. Unflinching pain and unwavering hope burn into this story line by line. You'll read this book in one breath, and, left breathless, you will never forget.” - Jacquelyn Mitchard
    RoseMarie Terenzio
    Jackie Hance wills herself to live through unspeakable loss. Told with grace and courage, I'll See You Again gives profound insight into the humanity of grief, marriage and motherhood. - RoseMarie Terenzio, New York Times bestselling author of Fairy Tale Interrupted
    Natalie Taylor
    This is an incredibly important story. It is gripping, honest, tragic, but most of all, hopeful. It will make you rethink what you know about loss, life, and love. - Natalie Taylor, author of Signs of Life

    Meet the Author

    Jackie Hance lives with her family in New York. For more information about The Hance Family Foundation, visit Blog.HanceFamilyFoundation.com.

    Janice Kaplan was the editor-in-chief of Parade magazine and an award-winning television producer. She is also the bestselling coauthor of novels, including The Botox Diaries, and author of the popular Lacey Fields mysteries. She lives in New York City and Kent, Connecticut. Visit JaniceKaplan.com.

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    I'll See You Again 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I just finished this book today after starting this weekend, and I'm not sure what to think. I do think Jackie Hance gave a gripping and heart-wrenching description of what can only be described as a parent's worst nightmare realized. However, like another reviewer, I found the book to lack some structure and although my heart broke for Jackie as a mother, I sometimes found myself having difficulty empathizing with her. Although she give him credit in the Epilogue (and occasionally through the book) her husband Warren has borne more than one man should be expected to--I felt so bad for him when reading some of the accounts, thinking how he did not have the opportunity to grieve their daughters for so long because he was trying to hold Jackie together.  I understand people deal with their family and their grief in their own way, but her misdirected anger toward him was a little much to read chapter after chapter.  That being said, I do believe that it gives parents the uncomfortable opportunity to ask "what if?" It certainly made me pause and think about all the little things my kids do that might aggravate me--and then I remind myself I still have my children. Overall, I think a three-star rating is adequate for the book.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Jackie's story inspires forgiveness, positivity, and love. It emphasizes the power of the human spirit and the love of family. I will never look at life the same way again after reading this beautiful and, yes, brutal book.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    A powerful personal account about a mother's grief over the tragic loss of her children and beginning her journey back to sanity.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I could not put the book down and I cried many times throughout. Of course she was a raving lunatic, who wouldn't be? My heart breaks for all involved. I commend you Jackie, for having the courage to share you and your husband's most painful story in memory of your beloved daughters. I can't even imagine how the Hance family must feel on an a daily basis and they will feel this way for the rest of their lives. Thank you for sharing your story. I will never forget your girls.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Amazing! Jackie Hance give you a truly up close and personal account of what tragedy looks and feels like. Brutally honest and beautifully written. I hope to never go through such horrific grief, but they have proven there is life and tragedy.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Your money will not be wasted.
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    I have had many losses in my life. One of the best books I have ever read. I cried through the whole book I could relate and sympathize with this Mom
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    Thoroughly enjoyed this story of love, courage, grief, and finding happiness again. Highly recommend.
    Tennfan65 More than 1 year ago
    One of the best books I've read. My sister borrowed it and could not put it down. Very well done!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This is a book that should touch the heart of any parent or grandparent, but will also demonstrate the strength and resilience of the human spirit. Others who have lost a child or children my be able to see their own feelings and problems reflected in the words of Jackie Hance.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    The story was a very sad one. The writer put me right with her in her struggles to accept the death of her three girls. It was well written. My heart went out to her.
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