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True Story

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Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Subject: Fiction

True Story

On the Life and Death of My Brother

Helen Humphreys

Written for her beloved brother, True Story is Helen Humphreys' memoir of grief, love and family

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9781847658890 (11 Apr 2013)

About the book

Helen Humphreys' brother, Martin, was her closest ally and friend. Two years ago, he suddenly became ill and died in just a few months. In the year that followed, Humphreys wrote this intense and affecting memoir. Though the book is deeply personal, it is also, inescapably, about the devastating events that we all experience.As the year goes on, Humphreys begins to restructure her life. She absorbs the seasons, landscapes, she gets a new dog, plants fruit trees. And she tells this story: moving fluidly between stories of childhood and adulthood, from life to death and its aftermath, she describes her loss, and how she has come to terms with grief. Like Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking, True Story is articulate, loving and exquisitely crafted. It will make you catch your breath with recognition and sorrow.

About the author

Helen Humphreys is a Canadian novelist and poet. She was born in London, England, and now lives in Kingston, Ontario. Humphreys' first novel, Leaving Earth, was a New York Times Notable Book in 1998 and won the City of Toronto Book Award. She is also the author of The Reinvention of Love, True Story, and The Evening Chorus.


Praise for The Reinvention of Love -'Exquisite prose

- Emma Donoghue

Humphreys' pacing and story-telling are well-honed

- Financial Times

Haunting, moving and stylish

- Times Literary Supplement

This tender, life affirming novel made me contemplate love in a whole new way

- Amanda Smyth

Extraordinary and fascinating

- Independent

Additional Information

Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Subject: Fiction

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