Once More We Saw Stars: A Memoir (Hardback)Jayson Greene (author)
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Profound personal grief is notoriously hard to write about, but Jayson Greene’s heart-wrenching account of his two year old daughter’s tragic and random sudden death approaches the topic with such unflinching honesty and raw poetry that it is impossible not to be deeply moved by his and his family’s plight. Yet, ultimately, there is an uplifting message within these tender pages about the power of hope and love, and humanity’s ability to overcome the cruelest of life’s events.
Two-year-old Greta Greene is sitting chatting with her grandmother on a park bench in New York when a brick crumbles from a windowsill overhead and strikes her unconscious. As she is rushed to hospital in the hours before her death Once More We Stars leads us into the unimaginable.
Her father Jayson and mother Stacy begin a painful journey that is as much about hope and healing as it is grief and loss. Even in the midst of his ordeal, Jayson recognises that there will be a life for him beyond it - if he can only continue moving forward, from one moment to the next, he will survive what seems un-survivable.
With raw honesty, deep emotion, and exquisite tenderness, he captures the fragility of life and the absoluteness of death, and most important of all, the unconquerable power of love.
This is an unforgettable memoir of courage and transformation - and a book that will change the way you look at the world.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 368 g
Dimensions: 217 x 142 x 25 mm
'Reading this book is not an easy thing but it is an incredible life-affirming and moving experience that'll make as much of an impact on you as Paul Kalanithi's When Breath Becomes Air or Helen Macdonald's H Is For Hawk . . . You will weep and weep while reading Greene's words but are guaranteed to find something truly beautiful within its pages.' - Francesca Brown, Stylist
'A gripping and beautiful book about the power of love in the face of unimaginable loss' - Cheryl Strayed
'Funny, lucid, and deeply generous - proof that a masterful writer can make from his own specifics a universal story with lessons for us all.' - Lucy Kalanithi
'It has taught me so much about grief. That it isn't always silent and humble. It is also angry and vain-glorious. Grief is so many things, because people are so many things. I wish with all my heart that Greta Greene was still with her parents. But in her absence, I can only thank her father for his memoir about what loving her, and losing her, taught him.' - Pandora Sykes
'This stunning book reminds us that nothing - not even devastating grief - can define us as much as our deepest loves. A must read' - Kate Bowler, author of Everything Happens for a Reason
'How do we wrest beauty out of searing pain? How, in the face of the most profound grief and sorrow, do we search for meaning and find it? Jayson Greene does just that in this soul-affirming book. Once More We Saw Stars is a stunning human achievement as well as a literary one' - Dani Shapiro, author of Inheritance
'Jayson Greene's Once More We Saw Stars attains flight in a language born of sheer necessity, that of bridging the gulf between daily life and the unnameable.' - Jonathan Lethem
'Possibly the most beautiful thing I've ever read... It's brutal and uncompromising... it's just a tour de force.' - Stefanie Preissner