SOCIAL SCIENCES

Once More We Saw Stars: A Memoir

Knopf. May 2019. 256p. ISBN 9781524733537. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781524733544. MEMOIR
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OrangeReviewStarOn a Sunday morning in spring, two-year-old Greta Greene was resting on a bench on Manhattan's Upper West Side with her grandmother when the unthinkable happened—a piece of debris fell from the building above them and knocked her unconscious. She died the next day. In this unforgettable memoir, author Greene, Greta's father (contributing editor, Pitchfork Media), writes about what happened after the accident as he and his wife began a journey of healing. They explore different grief-support options and enroll in a retreat called "From Grieving to Believing," where they consult a medium who tells them to pay attention to signs. They also join a local group for bereaved parents and lash out at the moderator after she's aggressive and inappropriate. The author occasionally seeks out empty New York streets and screams into the vacantness. But eventually, in the wake of their sorrow, they choose hope, deciding to have another child.
VERDICT After suffering an unimaginable loss, the author's ability to pursue fatherhood again while still honoring the daughter he lost is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and its capacity to love. Heartbreaking and inspiring. [Prepub, 11/26/18]

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