Walking Backward

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When Josh's mother dies in a phobia-induced car crash, she leaves two questions for her grieving family: how did a snake get into her car and how do you mourn with no faith to guide you? Twelve-year-old Josh is left alone to find the answers. His father is building a time machine. His four-year-old brother's closest friend is a plastic Power Ranger. His psychiatrist offers nothing more than a blank journal and platitudes. Isolated by grief in a home where every day is pajama day, Josh makes death his research project. He tests the mourning practices of religions he doesn't believe in. He tries to mend his little brother's shattered heart. He observes, records and waits, for his life to feel normal, for his mother's death to make sense, for his father to come out of the basement. His observations, recorded in a series of journal entries, are funny, smart, insightful, and heartbreaking. His conclusions about the nature of love, loss, grief and the space-time continuum are nothing less than life-changing

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Date de parution 01 octobre 2009
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EAN13 9781554695553
Langue English

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Walking Backward
Walking Backward
CATHERINE AUSTEN
ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERS
Text copyright © 2009 Catherine Austen
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system now known or to be invented, without permission in writing from the publisher.
Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication
Austen, Catherine, 1965-Walking backward / written by Catherine Austen.
ISBN 978-1-55469-147-0
I. Title.
PS8601.U785W34 2009 jC813’.6 C2009-902804-2
First published in the United States, 2009 Library of Congress Control Number: 2009928210
Summary: After his mother dies in a phobia-related car crash, twelve-year-old Josh tries to make sense of his grief while he looks after his little brother and watches his father retreat into a fantasy world.
Orca Book Publishers gratefully acknowledges the support for its publishing programs provided by the following agencies: the Government of Canada through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program and the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council and the Book Publishing Tax Credit.
Design by Teresa Bubela Cover artwork by Dreamstime Author photo by Melinda Vallillee
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For my children, Sawyer and Daimon, and my mother, Mary.
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