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By Francis Chalifour

Nominated for the Governor General's Literary Awards 2005, (Children's Literature, Text)

Fifteen-year-old Francis's father has devoted suicide and not anything would be the comparable back. Suicide is gruesome, unglamorous, and it truly is by no means an answer. Its aftermath is dreadful.

At first, Francis feels a poor guilt. may possibly he were a greater son? What if he hadn't left his domestic in Montreal to head on a short vacation in long island the weekend it occurred? quickly the guilt turns to anger after which to a unhappiness so profound that he thinks he can't endure it.

After is the map of a 12 months following the suicide of a friend. during months, with the affection of his mom, with counseling, and with the balm of time, Francis takes his first steps towards coming to phrases together with his father's -- and his family's -- tragedy. After is very own, however it will resonate with someone who has confronted the lack of a enjoyed one.

This amazing autobiographical first novel is an acute research of the grieving technique. even though it is steeped in Francis's unhappiness, it really is eventually a narrative of wish.

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While Lou expected this, I was way out of my element. At breakfast, Tony started in on the Japanese. He was not complimentary, and I was getting uncomfortable. I had played chef for Tony when the promotion had taken us all to a Korean restaurant, where we had a hibachi to cook the marinated raw meat. Tony was not as accustomed to cooking his own food, so I cooked his food, my food, and – of course – Lou’s food. So, I had a certain familiarity and comfort level with Tony. I listened to insults and derogatory remarks about my host until I could take no more.

That he was, nevertheless, proud of the final product is a certainty. The book was groundbreaking, in that it was the first by a prominent pro wrestler to break "kayfabe," the code of silence practiced for decades by those in the industry when discussing their profession with outsiders. Certainly, other wrestlers had written their autobiographies by then, but almost all of them presented pro wrestling as a legitimate sport. Lou was determined to present an honest, warts-and-all, depiction of his career, the first major star to do so, and he was especially pleased when he became aware of praise from an unexpected direction: from some university academics who discovered the book and pronounced it a valuable and revealing document about an interesting segment of American pop culture.

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a hundred times. " He was genuinely disappointed, but business is business, so he cut us loose. Lou and I tried pitching the book ourselves, and we had more than one session with representatives of smaller publishing houses, but the response was virtually identical to what the agent had found. What was heartening was that the people on the editorial side almost always loved the book and Lou’s stories of his colorful life, and wanted to publish it. Invariably, though, the marketing people opposed it, saying it would never sell.

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