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rank 5906
word count 12378
date submitted 11.05.2010
date updated 11.05.2010
genres: Non-fiction, Biography, Popular Cul...
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Together Again: A momentary memoir

Craig Brown

From the grief of loss comes a heartfelt expression of love; and comfort to those that have known the same.

 

Being 9,000 miles from the ones you love can be tough, it is tougher still when one of them is dying and you cannot be there to provide support and comfort. This is the story of a brave woman's battle with a malignant disease and her family's struggle to help with the fight. Told by her son as a means of coping with his grief, we are transported from bustling New York to sleepy Otaki, New Zealand on a journey that takes us through despair, laughter and hope; and when all seems lost, we are left with the resounding echo of love. This book is for anyone that has struggled with the grief of losing a loved one and who wants to know that they're not alone.

 
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bravery, cancer, courage, death, dying, family, friends, friendship, grief, hope, loss, love, love., patience, rowing, strength, trust

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CarolinaAl wrote 1369 days ago

"Elsewhere, a brave woman is dying' hooked me. Your descriptions are vivid. For example, your descriptions under 'Shades of Blue.' You deepen your touching narrative with wonderful metaphors like 'their hooves thundering' and apt similies such as 'sandpaper scratching of her whisper.' Your dialogue is poignant as well as relevant. Your pacing kept me riveted.

Nits:
1) "Craig's coming home Mum. He'll be on a plane soon." Comma after 'home.' When you address someone in dialogue, offset their name with commas. There are more cases of this type of problem.
2) "DO THE BOOKS." No need to write in all caps. Writing in all caps is unusual, so your readers will pull out of your story to figure out what you're trying to convey when you use all caps. You don't want that.

This is a well-crafted, touching memoir. Backed.

Johanna Kern wrote 1369 days ago

A very powerful, heartfelt and beautifully written story.

I admire both your superb writing skills and the depth of your work. This is a very important and fine book that needs to get out. For there are many who would find it a tremendous help in their own painful journey and healing of their wounds.

My highest complements!

Backed with the utmost pleasure.

Johanna Kern
Master and the Green-Eyed Hope

yasmin esack wrote 1431 days ago

Well written and stunning
backed

lionel25 wrote 1431 days ago

Craig, thank you for sharing your experience. This is a well-written, emotional piece.

Backed with pleasure.

Joffrey (The Silver Spoon Effect)

SusieGulick wrote 1435 days ago

Dear Craig, I got so excited when I saw that you had backed, "He Loves Me." :) Thanks so very much. :) Since I have already "backed" your book, I will also put your book on my "watchlist." Could you please take a moment to "back" my completed unedited memoir version? "Tell Me True Love Stories," which at the end tells of my illness now & 6th abusive marriage. I'd be ever so grateful. :) Thank you. :) Love, Susie :)
p.s. Remember: Every time you place a book on your bookshelf, your recommendation pushes the book up the rankings. And while that book sits on your bookshelf, your reputation as a talent spotter increases depending on how well that book performs. :)
When you back a book, it only improves the ranking of that book, not yours. However, the author whose book you are backing may decide to back your book also, in which case yes, your ranking would be improved...authonomy.

A Knight wrote 1437 days ago

Moving and evocative, this is a powerful read, and you've brought all your considerable skill to bear during it's creation.

Wonderful work, and backed with pleasure.
Abi xxx

Melcom wrote 1437 days ago

I love the layout of your book, it's clarly defined and adds to the story.

A very moving read that engages the character and urges them to read more. You say this is your work in its entirety but I think if you filled it out a bit theis could be something a lot of people with similar circumstances would want to buy.

Happily shelved
Melxx
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AuthorTom wrote 1438 days ago

Backed with confidence! Tom Ryerson (Carnal Wreckage)

Craig Brown wrote 1438 days ago

Thanks for the kind words and the backing Lynn.

Strange how we find comfort in knowing we don't suffer alone - that others experience the same. You have shared your tragedy with eloquence and emotion. It's very moving but invaluable for those who are in need of understanding. Backed. Lynn

lynn clayton wrote 1438 days ago

Strange how we find comfort in knowing we don't suffer alone - that others experience the same. You have shared your tragedy with eloquence and emotion. It's very moving but invaluable for those who are in need of understanding. Backed. Lynn

Craig Brown wrote 1438 days ago

Hi Rodney

Sorry to hear of your losses, that's really tough.

The posting I've made is my piece in its entirety and, I guess for me, it wasn't a question of whether I could or couldn't write it, it was a compulsive act, when at its conclusion, there just didn't seem anymore that I should add.

I would encourage you to try writing your family's story. The great joy of writing something like this is in the therapy. When I return to the manuscript from time to time, great warmth from the love that I've enjoyed is the overwhelming emotion I experience and one from which I can derive tremendous spirit.

Best regards

Craig


Craig,

I lost my dad to cancer when he 54. I lost my mother when she was 57, and I lost my only sister when she was 40. My mother ad my sister both suffered from bipolar disorder when it was known only as manic depression.

Although I write fiction, I've often thought about writing about my parents' and my sister's lives. I just don't know if I could do it. I admire you for writing your story of loss and grief, and I'm happy to back you.

I hope there's more to your story than what you've posted, here.

Rodney

R.A. Battles wrote 1438 days ago

Craig,

I lost my dad to cancer when he 54. I lost my mother when she was 57, and I lost my only sister when she was 40. My mother ad my sister both suffered from bipolar disorder when it was known only as manic depression.

Although I write fiction, I've often thought about writing about my parents' and my sister's lives. I just don't know if I could do it. I admire you for writing your story of loss and grief, and I'm happy to back you.

I hope there's more to your story than what you've posted, here.

Rodney

SusieGulick wrote 1438 days ago

Dear Craig, I love that you shared your story. :) My memoir tells of my mom & dad, too. So much love we received from them - hard to live without them - tender memories to hang on to - you said it all. :) Before I began to read your book, I was prepared by your recap/pitch,which was very well done. Your story is good because you create interest by having short paragraphs & tilles, which makes me want to keep reading to find out what you would share next. I'm "backing" your book to help it advance - this will help yours & mine move up on the charts. :) Could you please return the favor by taking a moment to "back" my TWO memoir books, "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not" & my completed memoir unedited version? "Tell Me True Love Stories," which tells at the end, my illness now & 6th abusive marriage." Thanks, Susie :)
p.s. Remember: p.s. Remember: Every time you place a book on your bookshelf, your recommendation pushes the book up the rankings. And while that book sits on your bookshelf, your reputation as a talent spotter increases depending on how well that book performs. :)

Raymond Nickford wrote 1438 days ago

By separating the narrative into months and headings you have allowed the reader to have more focus on each individual event and the reactions to them.
You have brought a vibrant and brave face to a theme which can so easily plunge the victims and relatives of terminal illness into despair and I speak as one who lost his father to carcinomatosis six years ago.
I find some comfort in some of the sections - enough to want to see more uploaded.

Shelved.
Ray
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