Once More We Saw Stars: A Memoir of Life and Love After Unimaginable Loss

Jayson Greene (Author)
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ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR:
TIME MAGAZINE - GLAMOUR - GOOD HOUSEKEEPING - BOOKPAGE - BOOK RIOT - LIBRARY JOURNAL

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

Two-year-old Greta Greene is sitting with her grandmother on a park bench on the Upper West Side of Manhattan when a brick crumbles from a windowsill overhead, falls, and strikes her unconscious. She is immediately rushed to the hospital. Jayson Greene's memoir begins with this event and with the anguish he and his wife, Stacy, confront in the wake of their daughter's trauma and the hours leading up to her death. But Once More We Saw Stars quickly becomes a narrative that is as much about hope and healing as it is about grief and loss. Jayson recognizes, even in the midst of his ordeal, that there will be a life for him beyond it--that if only he can continue moving forward, from one moment to the next, he will survive what seems unsurvivable.

With raw honesty, deep emotion, and exquisite tenderness, Jayson Greene captures both the fragility of life and 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.

Product Details

Price
$16.00  $14.72
Publisher
Vintage
Publish Date
May 12, 2020
Pages
256
Dimensions
5.1 X 7.9 X 0.9 inches | 0.55 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780525435341

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About the Author

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

Reviews

"His writing... is a revelation of lightness and agility... A miracle... A narrative of grief and acceptance that is compulsively readable and never self-indulgent."
--The New York Times

"Beautiful...heartbreaking....an answer to the question: How does one survive such a devastating tragedy...a story not just of loss, but of remarkable love...life-affirming...luminous."
--Washington Post

"[Greene] unspools his pain on paper...We're drawn to stories of survival because they prove that pain and loss don't define us, but instead add a new tenor to our lives: appreciation, sadness, or faith...Suffering pulls apart life's tapestry, yes, but then refashions it into something fundamentally new... He discovers an opening to this new universe, in which suffering is tantamount to being human."
--Elle

"In the wake of unimaginable tragedy, Greene shares how he found hope. If you enjoy memoirs like Wild by Cheryl Strayed, this is the book for you."
--Good Housekeeping

"Once More We Saw Stars isn't about the tragedy that befell a family--although Greene recounts with exquisite detail how he felt in the tragic days that ended his daughter's life. The memoir is instead a story of a couple who faced one of the worst things imaginable and still continued to choose life."
--BookPage [starred review]

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

"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

"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 unnamable."
--Jonathan Lethem

"In Once More We Saw Stars, Jayson Greene crystallizes the bravery required for parenting, the insanity within grief, the struggle and haven of marriage, the durability of love in all its forms. This is a book about how we make sense of suffering and what it means to be a family. It's 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

"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