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I’m not sure I trust memoirs, especially memoirs about grief. Telling a story is always a fiction because we’re constrained by our limited perspective. This is why I call my book In Every Moment We Are Still Alive a novel. It’s more trustworthy if I can acknowledge that I’m limited by how I experienced the loss of my wife and father, while at the same time becoming a father myself.
When creating a list of books about grief, I naturally gravitated toward books that I believe speak a Truth, even if it’s fiction. As heavy, sad, and painful as it can be to discuss loss, finding the art in a sea of meaninglessness ultimately tethers me to life and helps me feel love again.
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