Phoenix: A Brother's Life

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Oct 6, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 208 pages
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A beautifully rendered portrait of family and loss, of childhood and manhood by a supremely gifted writer evaluating the sum of his experiences and emerging with a moving work of the highest level.

J. D. Dolan was vacationing in Paris when he received a telephone call telling him to fly home immediately. A horrible accident had put his big brother John in a Phoenix burn unit with third degree burns over 90 percent of his body. As a child in 1960s Los Angeles, J. D. shared with John the unspoken bond that exists only between brothers. But as time passed and their excursions together ended, so did their conversation. For reasons known to John alone, they existed with each other only in silence, and now, in what would be their final days together, there would be precious few opportunities to talk. Phoenix is J. D. Dolan's personal reflections on the agonizing weeks spent coming to terms with his brother's fate, and his attempt to bring their relationship into perspective.


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Growing up in the 1950s on the edge of the desert near Los Angeles, Dolan idolized his brother, John. Eleven years older, John was a like a second and much cooler father--one who taught J.D. to shoot ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

J.D. Dolan lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and teaches at Western Michigan University. His work has appeared in Esquire, The Nation, and New Stories from the South.


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