Review: Sons of Suicide by Dan Andrews

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Title: Sons of Suicide
Author: Dan Andrews
Format: Paperback and eBook
Publisher: Broken Glass Publishing, LLC
Pages: 254
ISBN: 978-0615729114
Genre: Memoir
Stars: 5
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About the Book:

An insightful, viscerally emotional memoir, Sons of Suicide relates the story of a young man’s life after losing his Mother to suicide—and succeeding, in spite of experiencing one of the most devastating tragedies known to man.

At eleven, Dan Andrews was abandoned by his Mother. Fatefully, she made the timeless drive down Lake Shore Drive in downtown Chicago, parked her car alongside Buckingham Fountain, and, after sitting and smoking a few last cigarettes, drowned herself in Lake Michigan.

His Mother’s grave decision has given Andrews the ability to perceive and contemplate loss in a way not written about in recent history. Shared with brutal vulnerability and skill, sprinkled with humor and sexuality, Sons of Suicide masterfully entertains and enlightens the reader— serving as a catharsis to the feeling of loss, a feeling to which all humans relate.

The author, Dan Andrews, has also pledged for every copy of Sons of Suicide that is sold, one dollar out of his personal royalty will be donated to the Will To Live Foundation, visit their website for more information about this wonderful organization that is spreading awareness and helping with the teen suicide epidemic. Purchase today to help put an end to suicide.

Book Review:

In a compellingly told memoir about the ones “Left Behind” after a suicide, Dan Andrews manages to guide the reader through a complex emotional web, and display his own journey as he came to the understanding of the effects his mother’s suicide has and had on his life.

As we watch his growth from a newly motherless child of eleven through the tumult of teenage years: through rebellion and questioning the meaning of everything, before he actually finds himself.
What is most striking about this story is the common concerns and questions that everyone has, and the fact that there were key people who reached out to this child in crisis and helped him to see the value in a new day, until he was able to see that value himself.

A book that will have you smiling through your tears, there are heart breaking moments, bits of humor and the underlying streak of hopefulness that threads throughout the story, as we see this boy grow into a man. Far better than telling someone things will improve and ease, this book shows a real person who survived a traumatic event, not without scars, but with a strength that is a testament to the endurance of the human spirit.

I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review for the Indies Rock promotion at I am, Indeed. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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