Hold Me Now

Hold Me Now

Book - 2011
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Vancouver lawyer, Paul Brenner has dinner with his son Daniel one night and the next receives word that Daniel has been murdered in the city's central park. The novel is an unflinching portrayal of a father's grief as Paul learns how very different the new world - without his son - will be for him. He struggles to cope and begins to engage in reckless and dangerous behaviour. The love of his wife and daughter will sustain him, however, and help him to comprehend an incromprehensible tragedy and forgive an unforgivable crime.
Publisher: Calgary : Freehand Books, ©2011
ISBN: 9781554810215
Characteristics: 285 p. ; 23 cm.

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May 16, 2012

Very sensitive novel of a Father coping with the violent death of his son.

ksoles Feb 25, 2012

Knowing that "Hold Me Now" chronicles a young gay man’s violent death and a father’s grief might incline readers to turn away. But the novel comprises so much more: a picture of parental love hobbled by incomprehension, a reflection on the underappreciated ordinary and a struggle against oppressive tensions.

When fifty-something Paul Brenner receives the unimaginable news of his son's murder, he succumbs to a desperate need for rest and escape, spending days holed up in his apartment and embarking on reckless activities. As a lawyer, he possesses a legal mind but cannot read people and his emotional subconscious takes time to surface. The details of the crime come to light while Brenner remains embattled both with his own heart and with a supporting cast of characters: his daughter, his ailing mother, his ex-wife and a national reporter.

Author Stephen Gauer maintains full control over these complexities, trusting his readers' intuition and never underscoring what he has already rendered. He builds a psychological study of unwavering breadth and depth. That his subject is at times unlikable doesn't matter; Brenner's anger and sorrow feed on each other and culminate in a beautiful catharsis.

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