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Anna: A Daughters Life
     

Anna: A Daughters Life

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by William Loizeaux, Loizeaux
 

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Born of a father's grief and determination to remember the daughter he lost after only months, here is an unforgettable portrait of an unforgettable child.

Anna lived only a few precious, wonderful months, and when she died she shattered the lives of her parents. Where is the design to the death of a child? What is left to hold on to? William Loizeaux began to write

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Born of a father's grief and determination to remember the daughter he lost after only months, here is an unforgettable portrait of an unforgettable child.

Anna lived only a few precious, wonderful months, and when she died she shattered the lives of her parents. Where is the design to the death of a child? What is left to hold on to? William Loizeaux began to write a journal. Begun out of the agony of grief and the determination to forget nothing, Anna: A Daughter's Life becomes an affirmation: there is no life without a marker. In the terrible beauty and uncompromising honesty of her father's prose, Anna has her marker. Here is an unforgettable portrait of an unforgettable child that reaches out to us all.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Loizeaux describes how he and his wife coped with the death of his infant daughter in this intimate, harrowing journal. (Sept.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
VATER syndrome, a rare condition of vertebral defects, imperforate anus, and radial/renal dysplasia that combine to form a host of congenital anomalies, remains undetectable by amniocentesis. It therefore came as an awful surprise to the author and his wife when their daughter Anna was born with the condition and when, five months later, despite multiple procedures and operations, she died. This memoir of Anna's life, written in clear, moving prose, chronicles the time with her as well as the year after her death. It is a heartbreaking story, but the author's skill and eloquence make it unforgettable. While it also discusses a baby's death, Elizabeth Mehren's Born Too Soon ( LJ 6/1/91) lacks the memorable writing style of this book. Very highly recommended.-- Janet M. Coggan, Univ. of Florida Libs., Gainesville
William Beatty
Anna Loizeaux, her parents' first child, was born January 21, 1989, and died July 4 that same year. Victim of a rare condition--VATER syndrome--that upset the development of her intestinal, genitourinary, and cardiac systems, Anna underwent several operations and many painful procedures. William, her father, began the journal that became this book six weeks after her death and kept it up for almost a year. In these entries, he tells the story of Anna's short life and long death, combining current thoughts and emotions with flashbacks. The reader thus obtains a picture that, although consisting primarily of his reactions, includes some account of Anna and of Beth, her mother. There is little syrup here: Loizeaux finds religion no help and is unable to see any reason for Anna's troubles and death, either at the beginning or at the end of the journal. The arrival of a second daughter, apparently healthy, ends the book on a somber but definite upbeat. Parents who have gone through similar situations, medical ethicists, and many others will find much to ponder in this wrenching book.
Kirkus Reviews
An eloquent, extraordinarily painful memoir of a father's loss of his baby daughter. The author (a Maryland-based writer) and his wife, Beth, bore a daughter in January 1989. Her name was Anna. Five months later, she was dead, of something called VATER syndrome—a series of congenital anomalies involving her heart and esophagus, as well as her gastrointestinal system. A series of operations brought Anna to the point of functioning without mechanical help, but she died from unexplained complications following what was deemed a successful attempt to repair the valves in her heart. That's the medical picture. Her father paints another—of intense emotion, of loss, longing, and fear, of empty spaces and silence—but also of courage, devotion, commitment, and the revelations about oneself and the world that only a child can bring. He also gives us a portrait of Anna, of a beautiful, brave, happy infant with wild black hair and long thumbs who cooed and cried and smiled at strangers. There are no easy answers here, no mystical or religious surrender to the unknowable ways of the Almighty. There are no answers here at all, and that, in part, is the power of Loizeaux's story. "I can offer no prescription for dealing with the losses that we all inevitably face," he says, "except to live them and share them as fully as we can." On behalf of his daughter, Loizeaux shares his sorrow with heartbreaking honesty.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559701976
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Publication date:
02/03/1993
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
213
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.62(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

William Loizeaux grew up in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, and is the author of Anna: A Daughter’s Life. He and his wife Beth and daughter Emma live in Hyattsville, Maryland.

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Anna: A Daughter's Life 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful book that I would recommend to all!