Keane on books: from inevitable mourning to the joy of fiction in Cúirt

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Grieving is a country we all have to visit at some point. Two remarkable titles on the subject have just been published by a duo of English journalists. In The Red of My Blood (Doubleday), Clover Stroud, who has previously written powerful memoirs of family and motherhood, recounts the unbearable but magical first year following the death of his beloved sister Nell.

Christina Patterson also lost his older sister who was diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age. Outside the sky is blue (Tinder Press) is her tender and fun chronicle of a loving family and the many heartaches and joys they endured. Both books are exquisite, courageous, and highly recommended.

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