The Grief of Others

The Grief of Others

by Leah Hager Cohen
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The Grief of Others by Leah Hager Cohen

Is keeping a secret from a spouse always an act of infidelity? And what cost does such a secret exact on a family?

The Ryries have suffered a loss: the death of a baby just fifty-seven hours after his birth. Without words to express their grief, the parents, John and Ricky, try to return to their previous lives. Struggling to regain a semblance of normalcy for themselves and for their two older children, they find themselves pretending not only that little has changed, but that their marriage, their family, have always been intact. Yet in the aftermath of the baby's death, long-suppressed uncertainties about their relationship come roiling to the surface. A dreadful secret emerges with reverberations that reach far into their past and threaten their future.

The couple's children, ten-year-old Biscuit and thirteen-year-old Paul, responding to the unnamed tensions around them, begin to act out in exquisitely- perhaps courageously-idiosyncratic ways. But as the four family members scatter into private, isolating grief, an unexpected visitor arrives, and they all find themselves growing more alert to the sadness and burdens of others-to the grief that is part of every human life but that also carries within it the power to draw us together.

Moving, psychologically acute, and gorgeously written, The Grief of Others asks how we balance personal autonomy with the intimacy of relationships, how we balance private decisions with the obligations of belonging to a family, and how we take measure of our own sorrows in a world rife with suffering. This novel shows how one family, by finally allowing itself to experience the shared quality of grief, is able to rekindle tenderness and hope.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594488054
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 09/15/2011
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 8.58(w) x 5.74(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Leah Hager Cohen is the author of four nonfiction books, including Train Go Sorry and Glass, Paper, Beans, and three novels, most recently House Lights. Among the honors her books have received are selection as a New York Times Notable Book (four times); inclusion in the American Library Association Ten Best Books of the Year; and selection as a Book Sense 76 pick. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review.

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The Grief of Others 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
The words have a lyrical quality about them, but you soon realize that the author is taken with words and not story. She has so little to say that she takes her time saying it. This is one of those novels which make you feel that it might be leading you somewhere since the words make such a pretty package, but, in the end, you are nowhere that you were not at the beginning. A waste of time.
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StevePatterson More than 1 year ago
The book about tradition of families and how modern life today can take away everything in one single moment. The intricate pattern that Cohen made is absolutely worthy of reading it.
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TeriHalbig More than 1 year ago
Too many words to describe the utterly depressing life of this family. It felt like an eternity passed before I finished reading this book and I did so thinking it would get better - it did not.
jillyscobb More than 1 year ago
There's beauty in this book worth reading. I don't feel there's anything mind blowing and there's a lot of cliche' we all know, not much in the way of surprise. It is though another story about the intricacies of families and how we all hurt each other, love, hate and come to forgive each other if we can or cannot.
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So boring it's hard to read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok (Are you a christan family?!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im ok how about you?