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Noe

A Father-Son Song of Love, Life, Sickness, and Death
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
North Atlantic
 | 
May, 2011
ISBN:
9781556439711
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Banyen's Description: 

In this affecting multi-layered story of a family dealing with catastrophic illnesss and the aftermath, Phil Wolfson recalls his adolescent son’s four-year struggle with leukemia and his untimely death at almost seventeen years of age after a failed bone marrow transplant.

The story is presented from three perspectives. Using journals and recollection, Noe’s father Phil recalls the events chronologically. His son’s chemotherapy journal offers a stricken teenager’s private view of illness, his wrestling with such enormous stress while striving to live within the framework of “normal” expectations for adolescence. The third perspective derives from the author’s realization that his intimate relationship with Noe continues after death. Channeling his son’s spirit, the author writes in his place, sharing with readers a near-adult view of living with illness and losing the battle to survive it.

Emotional knowledge that comes of the shattered heart is wisdom based on the purest connection of all, between child and parent. It is my intention, through this book, to make that bond palpable.

Noe reveals the inner world of familial love as well as discord, Noe’s own remarkable coping, and the extraordinary stress Noe’s illness had on his younger brother. It describes the quest for emotional and spiritual support through therapy, contact with renowned alternative healers, and the use of the drug MDMA for enhancing relationships. With poignant descriptions of an assisted dying process—a doctor father helping his son through the hopeless and physically tormented end to his young life—Noe serves as a guide to families in crisis, or anyone experiencing the inevitable challenges of life’s deepest relationships. Wolfson’s words move beyond a model for bereavement to offer a reminder of love‘s transcendence despite the enormity of our suffering.

Publisher’s Description: 

Written with clarity and grace, this memoir of an adolescent boys four-year struggle with leukemia, his untimely death at sixteen, and the aftermath is presented from three perspectives. Using journals and recollection, Noes father Phil Wolfson recalls the events chronologically. His sons chemotherapy journal offers a stricken teenagers private view of illness, his wrestling with such enormous stress while striving to live within the framework of normal expectations for adolescence. The third perspective derives from the authors realization that his intimate relationship with Noe continues after death. Channeling his sons spirit, the author writes in his place, sharing with readers a near-adult view of living with illness and losing the battle to survive it.

Noe reveals the inner world of familial love and discord, Noes own remarkable coping, and the extraordinary stress Noes illness had on his younger brother. It describes the quest for emotional and spiritual support through therapy, contact with renowned alternative healers, and the use of the drug MDMA for enhancing relationships. With poignant descriptions of an assisted dying process, Noe moves beyond a model of bereavement to offer a reminder of loves transcendence.

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