The Heart Does Break by George Bowering and Jean Baird (116)

This is a wonderful book about Canadian writers on grief and mourning.

When Jean Baird’s daughter, Bronwyn, died suddenly, Baird turned to books to try to make some sort of sense out of a loss that was inconceivable.

Most books on grieving were by grief counsellors and psychologists. She reads them all and found a tip or two that helped her get through the days, but nothing that spoke to her bereft heart.

What she really wanted were stories–ones that described vividly and honestly, what it is like to be the one who is left behind. So, she and her husband, George Bowering, decided that they would create the book to fulfill that need, one that all of us feel at some point or other when someone we love passes away.

They’ve succeeded brilliantly. Each of the twenty pieces in this book are arranged alphabetically from George Bowering’s introduction to William Whitehead’s essay on losing Timothy Findley. Whitehead’s essay captures something slightly different about loss, remembrance and survival.

This is a book by wonderful writers that is written in a clear and moving fashion about grief, a topic most of us would rather not think about. But unfortunately we all loose people in our lives.

Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth


About irenesroth

I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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