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Disaster Falls
Disaster Falls: A Family Story | Stephane Gerson
19 posts | 8 read | 20 to read
In this piercing memoir, a father maps the contours of his grief and explores how his family navigates the unthinkable loss of eight-year-old Owen. On a day like any other, on a rafting trip down Utahs Green River, Stphane Gersons eight-year-old son, Owen, drowned in a spot known as Disaster Falls. That same night, as darkness fell, Stphane huddled in a tent with his wife, Alison, and their older son, Julian, trying to understand what seemed inconceivable. Its just the three of us now, Alison said over the sounds of a light rain and, nearby, the rushing river. We cannot do it alone. We have to stick together. Disaster Falls chronicles the aftermath of that day and their shared determination to stay true to Alisons resolution. Gerson captures the different ways of grieving that threatened to isolate each of them in their post-Owen worlds and then, with beautiful specificity, shows how he and Alison preserved and reconfigured their marriage from within. Blending family history (including the good death of his father, which offers a very different perspective on mortality) and the natural history of the river, he provides an expansive, unflinching meditation on loss, our responsibilities toward our children, and the stories we tell ourselves in the wake of traumatic events. Slowly, inexorably, Gerson writes his way back to Owen, straight to the singularity that cleaved his life into before and after, creating a portrait of grief iridescent in its fullness, and unexpectedly consoling. From the Hardcover edition.
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laurieluna
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NOOOOOOOOOO!

julesG Had the same message. 😶 5y
laurieluna @julesG I was posting a review...which I hadn't saved. Think I'll be writing them up elsewhere first in future! 5y
julesG I recommend marking your text and copying it before sending it off. I started doing this years ago when a forum I was using randomly shut down and I had to re-type a lot of posts. So, using CTRL A + CTRL C before sending off anything has become routine. Should the page crash, I can save my post elsewhere and post it later. 5y
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laurieluna @julesG Will definitely be doing that too just in case. Just didn't expect them to go into maintenance right when I hit post. 😂 5y
rabbitprincess I type all my reviews in a plain text editor such as Notepad for that reason ☹️ 5y
DivineDiana @julesG Good advice! 5y
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Marla
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This is such a sad tragedy. To lose your 8-year-old while on vacation while rafting & later finding out it could have been prevented if the rafting company cared more about safety than profit is heartbreaking. This family learned how to go forward & live without their son in the physical world when tragedy can pull a family apart. This made me tell my daughter not to go rafting on vacation & makes me think of my cousin's rafting business. #24in48

heyitsMacall This is terrible 😳 5y
Jinjer So sad. We've had 3 children drown in our local river already this season. In two of the cases none of the adults had an eye on the child. Don't know the details of the most recent one yet. Please make your kids wear life jackets near rivers, lakes, etc. 😢 5y
Marla @Jinjer that is horrible! Water can be a scary thing. I always have a fear of drowning as I almost did when I was 11. Now as an adult I can't snorkel, it causes me to panic. 5y
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Marla
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Finishing this up today as part of the #24in48. I'm home alone with 2 sleeping dogs so I should be able to get lots of reading done!

Sweettartlaura Tough book 😢. But still beautiful 5y
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Marla
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Starting this one today. From the description I think it's going to be a hard emotional read.

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WendyL
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That's right, we're stuck inside reading, because mom has to finish Disaster Falls this year.

Reagan What a beautiful cat! 6y
Mimi28 😻😻😻😻 6y
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emmanoble
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A little #bookmail was just what I needed today ! Can't wait to start this, although I'm sure I'll be crying all the tears 😭📚

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Cinfhen
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Pickpick

I read this book in two sittings. It is painfully sad yet at the same time so optimistic. The love and dedication the author expresses for his son who died and the family left behind is extraordinary. Grief can be bold or quiet, destructive or strengthening ~ the author brilliantly and beautifully shares his journey as well as his family members, as they each recover and maneuver from their momentous loss. Exquisite memoir💔

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Cinfhen
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I'm not sure why I'm about to gut myself when I'm in such a happy place mentally but...it's an ARC and it's time I read this one.

cathysaid Looking forward to your review of this one. 6y
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Cinfhen
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Can't believe it's a new month #seasonsreadings2016 #wanttoreadindec The top 3 are my current reads and the bottom row are ARCs that I feel obligated to read. I have little faith in my December stats ; I'm expecting LOTS of visitors this month 💜💝💙 As much as I bitch about hosting....I'm SUPER EXCITED for this batch of guests ( Mom & dad, my daughter😍, and my brother, sister in law and one niece) YAY for the holidays 😊

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EKonrad
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Pickpick

This memoir centers on one father's grief and sorrow after the death of his 8-year-old son. While heartbreaking to read, there is so much honesty and truth to this book. I feel like this is one book that I wish I could pass on to everyone I know! #NonfictionNovember ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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EKonrad
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This #bookmail has me intrigued...sounds like an interesting (yet depressing) subject. Anyone else read this?

Cinfhen I just got this one too, but I'm not ready to tackle it yet🙁 6y
EKonrad @Cinfhen I know what you mean...feeling so blue already these days. 😢Will be curious to see what you think when you get around to it. 6y
Cinfhen Same, maybe you'll read it first....and I'll be prepared 6y
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Garabrandtreviews

This is one of my picks from this round of First to Read books!

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Sweettartlaura
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This is weird for a Pick, because it's a tragedy.
Still, Gerson does an honest job of recounting how he & his family cope with the loss of their youngest child. It's like he's reporting, in his effort to tell us what he knows for sure. Yet what he's reporting on are intimate matters of the soul.
He also draws in Owen's experience during 9/11; and then compares Owen's death to his father's death.
If you can handle it, this is a beautiful book.

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Sweettartlaura
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What a great email to get😍❤️😍
I ❤️ you @Litsy & all you Littens😽

#hereforthebooks

MMenefee Yes! Thank you @Litsy team!! 6y
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Cinfhen
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#BookMail 😊although I understand this is a very difficult and painful read. A father writes about moving forward after his 8 yr old son accidentally dies on a family rafting trip😢😢Not sure I have the strength right now😞 #NonfictionNovember

ValerieAndBooks I can't read books like that 😢 6y
CoffeeAndABook Oh man. It sounds like an intense & powerful book - but maybe now is not the right time? Everyone is different, possibly this would help take your mind off the big media-blown-up dramas... (Although those are relevant, whether we like it or not...) I'm turning to more nourishing, comforting reads right now. I'm sure you'll find what works for you 💫📚🌱 6y
Cinfhen @CoffeeAndABook I'm definitely finding myself in a reading funk 🙁nothing seems to be working for me at the moment. I'm sure Disaster Falls deserves my upmost attention, so I'm gonna hold off a bit before I even think about beginning to read. I'm finding cooking and baking and listening to music to be very soothing right now 💞🎼📻 6y
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Cinfhen @ValerieAndBooks Those types of books are the hardest to read, without a doubt....but I often find them so inspiring and they usually help me re- shift my priorities. Yea, life sucks sometimes but there is so much to be grateful for🙏🏻 6y
CoffeeAndABook @Cinfhen At the moment I'm having a hard time with books too... But oh yes, Music is such a great healer. Yesterday I took a long walk listening to music - that left me in much better spirits. I haven't tried cooking/baking yet but it's a good idea💡Thx for sharing 😌 6y
Cinfhen @CoffeeAndABook Music is an amazing healer...it's the beauty and power of words💘🎼have a wonderful weekend 6y
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BookNAround
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The memoir of a father writing about the time following the accidental death of his eight year old son, this fourth pick for nonfiction November could break me.

Libby1 I just couldn't. You are brace. 6y
Libby1 Oops. Brave. 6y
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Sweettartlaura
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November is off to a rollicking start!
Done with one; review to follow.
Next up... A short story collection & an ARC.
📚📚

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Sweettartlaura
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#bookish mail continues!
An ARC and #BOTM - plus mints!
Whoo hoo!!!

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BookNAround
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Mail call today.

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