Le Fils Du Pendu
By Francis Chalifour
(Livres Toundra, Paperback, 9780887767951, 157pp.)
Publication Date: September 12, 2006
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At first, Francis feels a terrible guilt. Could he have been a better son? What if he hadn't left his home in Montreal to go on a brief holiday in New York the weekend it happened? Soon the guilt turns to anger and then to a sadness so profound that he thinks he can't bear it.
"Le Fils du pendu "is the map of a year following the suicide of a family member. In the course of months, with the love of his mother, with counseling, and with the balm of time, Francis takes his first steps toward coming to terms with his father's -- and his family's -- tragedy. Le Fils du pendu is intensely personal, but it will resonate with anyone who has faced the loss of a loved one.
This brilliant autobiographical first novel is an acute analysis of the grieving process. Although it is steeped in Francis's sadness, it is ultimately a story of hope.