The Disappearance by Genevieve Jurgensen
A Memoir of Loss

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An elegiac, lyrical memoir about living when your children live no more. What do you do, how do you live, when your two precious daughters are killed, their lives ended by a drunk driver at just four and seven years of age? How do you stay in a world from which they've been removed? How do you cope when you turn to them, and they are not there? Genevive Jurgensen lost her two daughters a dozen years before she began this clear, precise, breathtaking book in an attempt to answer these questions to herself, to her friends, to the world. The outcome is a heart-stopping, powerful testament, in all its anguish surprisingly hopeful. While never forgetting her two daughters and the impact they had on her life, Jurgensen and her husband, Laurent (the moving portrait of their marriage is worth the price of this book alone), go on to have two more children. Told without an ounce of sentiment, The Disappearance will make you miss, for at least a passing moment, two lively little girls you never actually met --and thus have a sense of what it must be like for Jurgensen to miss them every waking hour, every day. It is a story, told brilliantly, of compelling and universal interest.
 

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Genevieve Jurgensen lost her two daughters a dozen years before she began her clear, precise, breathtaking book in an attempt to answer questions to herself, to her friends, to the world. Adriana Hunter is the translator of works by Catherine Millet, Genevieve Jurgensen, Amelie Nothomb, Viviane Moore, and Louis Sanders.
 
Published June 1, 1999 by W. W. Norton & Company. 168 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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We celebrate with her when an old acquaintance who knew the girls comments when seeing the younger two: “they are so, so alike all four of them.” Jurgensen’s is a powerful voice for the unbearable sadness caused by death and the courage and love it takes to live with both the pain of loss and the...

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The successful transformation of a personal tragedy into art is very rare, but Jurgensen has accomplished just that. She and her husband lost their two daughters, Mathilde and Elise, aged seven and fo

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The successful transformation of a personal tragedy into art is very rare, but Jurgensen has accomplished just that.

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