The Lively Shadow: Living with the Death of a Child

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Ballantine Books, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 193 pages
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "My Twice-Lived Life" shares a searingly honest account of his grieving and his eventual healing following the death of his 21-year-old daughter in 1974. Murray presents a book about life, about choosing hope over despair, and about making a lasting memorial to the deceased by living each day with renewed joy and appreciation.

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Hello, My name is Renee, I am 28 years old, have been married for 6 years, and we have 3 beautiful,amazing children.Josh who is 9,Ana who is 7,and Madison who is 5.Alright now to the point, right? We have been told since our first born daughter was 18 months, that she has NERO-DEGENITIVE DISORDER.For almost 6 YEARS(5 for sure) no one,no one, NO ONE! Specialists,Doctors,residents,interns, nurses, technicians,person after person whom my husband Billy,and I meet try to explain to us that "Ana is a puzzle". But that don't make much sense,how in this whole BIG wonderful world,how does ANYONE not know what's going on with our sweet Ana.
Well that is what brings me to writing this review.Words like Praise, Thanks,and understanding come to me as I get to know of all the emotions that we will have to endure when Ana is "called upon".I also will try to write a book.People deserve to know Ana when she was able to walk, talk,laugh,cry,and just being a "normal" 2 year old.Her father,brother,sister,friends,family, and I WILL NOT GIVE UP HOPE.This once again is to tell the Murray family THANK YOU for sharing Lee's story, it Still touches the hearts of many us. THANK YOU.
(Albuquerque,New Mexico)


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Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Donald M. Murray writes the weekly “Now and Then” column for The Boston Globe. Boston Magazine and The Improper Bostonian magazine selected him best columnist in Boston in 1991 and 1996, respectively. He is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of New Hampshire, which opened the Donald M. Murray Journalism Laboratory in 1997. His books include My Twice-Lived Life, Write to Learn, The Craft of Revision, Writing to Deadline, and Crafting a Life in Essay, Story, Poem.

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