The Grief of Others

Author(s): Leah Hager Cohen

Fiction

Is keeping a secret from a spouse 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. 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.

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"'Leah Hager Cohen writes like a dream and effortlessly inhabits each of her characters. Lovers of family relationship literary fiction, such as Anne Tyler fans, need look no further' (Daily Mail) 'Cohen's writing is wise and incredibly moving' (The Times) 'Cohen is one of our foremost chroniclers of the unexpected tendernesses of human connection' (New York Times Book Review)"

Leah Hager Cohen is the author of four non-fiction books, including Train Go Sorry and Glass, Paper, Beans, and three novels, most recently House Lights. The New York Times has named four of her books 'Notable Books of the Year'. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review.

General Fields

  • : 9781846686276
  • : Profile Books Limited
  • : The Clerkenwell Press
  • : March 2013
  • : United Kingdom
  • : May 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Leah Hager Cohen
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 813.6
  • : 384