Blue Genes

A Memoir of Loss and Survival

By Christopher Lukas
(Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780767929011, 248pp.)

Publication Date: October 6, 2009

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Christopher (Kit) Lukas’s mother committed suicide when he was a boy. He and his brother, Tony, were not told how she died. No one spoke of the family’s history of depression and bipolar disorder. The brothers grew up to achieve remarkable success; Tony as a gifted journalist (and author of the classic book, Common Ground), Kit as an accomplished television producer and director. After suffering bouts of depression, Kit was able to confront his family’s troubled past, but Tony never seemed to find the contentment Kit had attained–he killed himself in 1997. Written with heartrending honesty, Blue Genes captures the devastation of this family legacy of depression and details the strength and hope that can provide a way of escaping its grasp.




About the Author
Christopher Lukas has written and directed for public television for over fifty years. His writing output includes five non-fiction books: "Silent Grief, living in the wake of suicide," "Prostate Cancer: the first year," "Blue Genes: a memoir of loss and survival," "Taking Charge during the last years of your life," and "Directing for Film & Television." For the past ten years he has turned to fiction writing, completing four novels and over forty short stories. Lukas has been an adviser to the National Endowment for the Humanities and the New York State Council on the Arts, as well as serving as Director of Programming at WNET in New York City. He served 7 years as chairman of the department of Communications at CCNY.
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