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    • Publication date:16 May 2019
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Once More We Saw Stars

A Memoir

By Jayson Greene

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A moving, transcendent memoir of the loss of a child and the survival of love in the wake of unimaginable tragedy. For readers who loved Paul Kalanithi's When Breath Becomes Air.

'A gripping and beautiful book about the power of love in the face of unimaginable loss'
Cheryl Strayed

'Funny, lucid, and deeply generous - proof that a masterful writer can make from his own specifics a universal story with lessons for us all'
Lucy Kalanithi, wife of Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

'It has taught me so much about grief. That it isn't always silent and humble. It is also angry and vain-glorious. Grief is so many things, because people are so many things. I wish with all my heart that Greta Greene was still with her parents. But in her absence, I can only thank her father for his memoir about what loving her, and losing her, taught him.'
Pandora Sykes

'Possibly the most beautiful thing I've ever read . . . It's brutal and uncompromising . . . it's just a tour de force'
Stefanie Preissner

'How do we wrest beauty out of searing pain? How, in the face of the most profound grief and sorrow, do we search for meaning and find it? Jayson Greene does just that in this soul-affirming book. Once More We Saw Stars is a stunning human achievement as well as a literary one'
Dani Shapiro, author of Inheritance

'Jayson Greene's Once More We Saw Stars attains flight in a language born of sheer necessity, that of bridging the gulf between daily life and the unnameable.'
Jonathan Lethem

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Two-year-old Greta Greene is sitting chatting with her grandmother on a park bench in New York when a brick crumbles from a windowsill overhead and strikes her unconscious. As she is rushed to hospital in the hours before her death Once More We Stars leads us into the unimaginable.

Her father Jayson and mother Stacy begin a painful journey that is as much about hope and healing as it is grief and loss. Even in the midst of his ordeal, Jayson recognises that there will be a life for him beyond it - if he can only continue moving forward, from one moment to the next, he will survive what seems un-survivable. With raw honesty, deep emotion, and exquisite tenderness, he captures the fragility of life and the absoluteness of death, and most important of all, the unconquerable power of love.

This is an unforgettable memoir of courage and transformation - and a book that will change the way you look at the world.

Biographical Notes

Jayson Greene is a contributing writer and former senior editor at Pitchfork. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Grantland, and GQ, among other publications. This is his first book. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.

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  • ISBN: 9781473673786
  • Publication date: 16 May 2019
  • Page count: 256
  • Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton
'A gripping and beautiful book about the power of love in the face of unimaginable loss' — Cheryl Strayed
'Funny, lucid, and deeply generous - proof that a masterful writer can make from his own specifics a universal story with lessons for us all' — Lucy Kalanithi, wife of Paul Kalanithi, WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR
'It has taught me so much about grief. That it isn't always silent and humble. It is also angry and vain-glorious. Grief is so many things, because people are so many things. I wish with all my heart that Greta Greene was still with her parents. But in her absence, I can only thank her father for his memoir about what loving her, and losing her, taught him.' — Pandora Sykes
'This stunning book reminds us that nothing - not even devastating grief - can define us as much as our deepest loves. A must read.' — Kate Bowler, author of EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON
'How do we wrest beauty out of searing pain? How, in the face of the most profound grief and sorrow, do we search for meaning and find it? Jayson Greene does just that in this soul-affirming book. Once More We Saw Stars is a stunning human achievement as well as a literary one.' — Dani Shapiro, author of INHERITANCE
'Jayson Greene's Once More We Saw Stars attains flight in a language born of sheer necessity, that of bridging the gulf between daily life and the unnameable.' — Jonathan Lethem
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