Please Talk about Me When I'm Gone: A Memoir for My Mother

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Question: How do you get over it?
Answer: You don't. You don't want to. It makes you who you are.


Sean Murphy lost his mother days after her fifty-ninth birthday, following a five-year battle with cancer. In this eloquent memoir, he explores his family history through the context of grief, compassion, faith, and the cultivation of an artistic sensibility. Unfolding in a range of voices, brutal and tender in its portrayal of terminal illness, Please Talk about Me When I'm Gone is an unyielding love story, in which devotion and memory are capable of transcending death.

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Sean Murphy has been publishing fiction, reviews (of music, movie, book, food), and essays on the technology industry for almost twenty years. He has appeared on NPR's "All Things Considered" and been quoted in USA Today, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Forbes and AdAge. In addition, he is an associate editor at The Weeklings, where he contributes a monthly column. He writes regularly for PopMatters, and his work has also appeared in Salon, The Village Voice, The Good Men Project, All About Jazz, AlterNet, Web Del Sol, Elephant Journal, Punchnel's and Northern Virginia Magazine. He is currently the writer-in-residence at Noepe Center for Literary Arts at Martha's Vineyard. Murphy's best-selling memoir PLEASE TALK ABOUT ME WHEN I'M GONE was released in 2013. His novel NOT TO MENTION A NICE LIFE was published in June 2015, and his first collection of non-fiction, MURPHY'S LAW, VOL. ONE, is available in spring, 2016.

To learn more about Sean Murphy's writing and to check his events schedule, please visit seanmurphy.net/.

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PRAISE FOR PLEASE TALK ABOUT ME WHEN I'M GONE

"Please Talk about Me When I'm Gone
, which pulled me in from the first page and never let go, is a mosaic love letter from a son to his lost mother, so everyone in the bereavement club should read it. But this memoir is also a thoughtful, compassionate meditation on being alive. I nodded in recognition, dog-eared pages containing lines I loved, felt my eyes well with tears. In the end you should read it for the reason anyone reads good writing: to feel less alone." --Jenna Blum, NYT best-selling author of Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers.

"As an oncologist treating a difficult and often fatal group of cancers, I witness firsthand as patients and their 'villages' cope with the diagnosis. So many decisions, so much emotion, and everyone does it a bit differently. No one path will serve; instead it is a truly individual course we choose. Sean Murphy's book is a great new resource for patients and families, and frankly for us all." --Dr. John Marshall, Chief, Oncology at Georgetown Hospital.

"In some moments of profound experience, we see and feel in extraordinary ways. That is what happened to Sean Murphy after his mother's death. He has had the courage to look honestly at death, and the talent to express his love and grief in a way that will comfort and sustain his readers." --Steve Goodwin, author of Breaking Her Fall.

"Sean Murphy brings a poetic voice and insightful contemplations to the largely unexplored territory of dying and death. With deep conviction and philosophical curiosity, he processes his individual grief while confirming the universality of loss." --Roy Remer, Director of Volunteer Programs, Zen Hospice Project

"An extremely moving, beautifully written, heart-felt and touching chronicling of the life and death of a parent." --Charles Salzberg, author of Devil in the Hole

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