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A Music I No Longer Heard: The Early Death of a Parent
av Leslie Simon
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Parents die. At any age, the loss of a parent marks a profound and often overlooked transition in life. When the parent leaves a young child to grow up without guidance, nurturing, goading, and love, the event becomes a landmark, a defining moment. When authors Leslie Simon and Jan Johnson Drantell learned of their common experience of losing a parent at a young age, they set out to discover the experiences and effects that unite those who have lived through this same signal event. "Every tragedy has its before and after, " they write. "One day a child's life feels normal, the next it feels as if the world has torn apart." This is a rent that can never be repaired, a wound that despite the passage of time and the coming of age never truly heals. In "A Music I No Longer Heard, " Simon and Drantell have collected the voices of seventy men and women who share this poignant life's journey. "Even three or four years later, " the noted filmmaker Ken Burns remembered, "my wish would be that my mother would come back. I think I just submerged the fact that she had died." As life progresses, the authors point out, every new experie
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