A Memoir of Loss and SurvivalBook - 2008
Christopher (Kit) Lukas's mother committed suicide when he was a boy. He and his brother, Tony, were not told how she died. The family's history of depression, bipolar disorder, and suicide stretched back years, but no one spoke of it. The legacy of guilt and grief haunted Kit and Tony throughout their lives. Both brothers achieved remarkable success, Tony as a gifted journalist, Kit as an accomplished television producer and director. After suffering bouts of depression, Kit was able to confront his family's troubled past, drawing on his experience to write Silent Grief, an invaluable guide to surviving a loved one's suicide. Tony forged a sterling career, eventually winning two Pulitzer Prizes, including one for the now classic Common Ground, But he never found the satisfaction and contentment Kit had attained; he remained creative but depressed. In 1997, shortly before the publication of his acclaimed book Big Trouble, Tony committed suicide. BLUE GENES portrays the lives of two brothers who alternately locked horns and found solace in each other. Written with heartrending candor, it captures the devastation of this family legacy of depression, but it is also surprisingly uplifting, as it details the strength and hope that can provide a way of escaping depression's grasp.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Doubleday, ©2008
Characteristics: xv, 248 p. : ill., geneal. table ; 22 cm.