In the Unlikely Event of a Water Landing: A Geography of Grief

 
9781479214938: In the Unlikely Event of a Water Landing: A Geography of Grief

Over the years, IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT OF A WATER LANDING has helped to guide many thousands of readers down the treacherous, forking paths of grief. This literary memoir will appeal to anyone—man or woman, married or single—who has lost someone beloved, or who has felt soul-nourished by C.S. Lewis's A GRIEF OBSERVED, its penetrating honesty, how it illuminates the terrain of our shared mortality here on Earth. See YouTube: "Writing from Grief and Loss" and "Christopher Noël discusses Grief Memoir." The Philadelphia Inquirer: "A gifted novelist, Noël writes his heart out in this book. Water Landing captures the tormented psychological circling, the ceremony of mourning and altar-building that mark those left behind. That Noël succeeds so well is a tribute to his bristling intelligence, his talent for deft description, his willingness to open every millimeter of his survival strategy since Brigid's death." The Los Angeles Times: "WATER LANDING is a page-turner...polished, skillful. Within a few pages or even paragraphs, Noël often moves back and forth between decades. In one breath he's chronicling his relationship with Brigid; in another, he reads from a journal kept by his mother during his childhood, weaving it all together to try to heal. Indeed, a perfect stranger could cry." Booklist: "Sixteen months after his fiancee died in a car accident, Christopher Noël at last was able to write about their relationship and his excruciating loss. He found himself trapped as a 'Tragedy Victim' and sought a suitable way to surmount that grief. Because he and Brigid were writers, Noël decided he could best reach and be reached by her through language, through this memory book. The work documents his journey to the epicenter of pain as he rereads her letters and journals, studies police reports of the accident, and listens to the nurse who comforted Brigid in the emergency room. As Noël searches for meaning in loss, we witness the depth of his love in a series of heart-splitting letters he wrote to Brigid after her death. Anyone who has endured loss will find solace in the aching beauty of this love story in which the beloved lives on in the lover."

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Christopher Noël teaches in the MFA Program at Vermont College of Union Institute & University. He lives in East Calais, Vermont, where he runs Tall Rock Retreat, a writers’ colony.

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