The Cure for Grief: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 5, 2008 - Fiction - 320 pages
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Ruby is the youngest child in the tightly knit Bronstein family, a sensitive, observant girl who looks up to her older brothers and is in awe of her stern but gentle father, a Holocaust survivor whose past and deep sense of morality inform the family's life. But when Ruby is ten, her eldest brother enters the hospital and emerges as someone she barely recognizes. It is only the first in a startling series of tragedies that befall the Bronsteins and leave Ruby reeling from sorrow and disbelief.

This disarmingly intimate and candid novel follows Ruby through a coming-of-age marked by excruciating loss, one in which the thrills, confusion, and longing of adolescence are heightened by the devastating events that accompany them. As Ruby's family fractures, she finds solace in friendships and the beginnings of romance, in the normalcy of summer camp and the prom. But her anger and heartache shadow these experiences, separating her from those she loves, until she chooses to reconcile what she has lost with whom she has become.

Nellie Hermann's insightful debut is a heartbreakingly authentic story of the enduring potential for resilience and the love that binds a family.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A subtle, elegiac coming-of-age novel about catastrophe, grief and the persistence of everyday life.In her stunning debut, Hermann explores the long-term ramifications of unassimilable tragedy in the ... Read full review

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"The Cure for Grief" explores the theme of loss and the way individuals deal with personal tragedies. The novel is told from the perspective of Ruby, the youngest of four children and the only girl in ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Nellie Hermann is a native of Boston, Massachusetts, and a graduate of Brown University and the MFA program at Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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