Brother Broken

Brother Broken

by Cecile Beaulieu
Brother Broken

Brother Broken

by Cecile Beaulieu



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Is suicide hereditary? Does it run in families? When three brothers end their lives, is it an ill-fated coincidence or an underlying symptom? Perhaps it's a curse, an unfortunate chain of events or a string of bad luck. One thing for sure, there are endless questions that beg answering.


'Brother Broken' is not a tale of woe. It's not a romance novel, a how-to handbook, a travel guide, a pot-boiler, a sci-fi sequel or a fantasy adventure. It's a Saskatchewan true story. A slice of history that's not dark or depressing. A memoir of hope and gratitude, with a touch of ridiculous―though some parts are complicated, because there is nothing straightforward pertaining to 'broken'.


Three of my brothers died.


I wish I could say they died of natural causes, but there is nothing natural about suicide. It's the kind of loss that isn't easily explained.

I remember my brothers by writing about them. I share the story of their lives. l tell of what decent boys they were, what they meant to me, how their lives were ordinary and sound before all the trouble started happening. I write so people will learn the goodness of my parents, the wholesomeness of my extended family, that my kin weren't lowbrow hicks, who screwed-up raising kids.


If you are suffering, mourning or considering suicide, my deepest wish is for the story to speak to you, bring you out of despair and give you hope


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Product Details

BN ID: 2940179446866
Publisher: Cecile Beaulieu
Publication date: 11/01/2023
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: eBook
File size: 476 KB

About the Author

Cecile Beaulieu is a first-time writer from Makwa, Saskatchewan. The enormous tragedies suffered by Beaulieu, experiencing the suicides of three of her brothers, pushed her to pen this memoir. Writing was her way to metabolize her grief, and she hopes this, her first book, will help those who have had similar experiences.

A member of the Writers Guild of Alberta, she lives in Sundre, Alberta with her husband, John Bach.

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