April 17, 2012

Portrait of grief

by Francis Chalifour

After his father's suicide, fifteen-year-old Francis struggles to cope with the feelings of anger, guilt and sadness that consumes him. His young brother doesn't yet understand and his mother must work more to support the family. But as time passes, he gradually comes to terms with his loss. 

Although Francis wonders why his dad killed himself, this is not a book about suicide. Instead, Chalifour paints a realistic story of a teen going through the stages of grief and how it isolates him from his friends. The book may be difficult to read due to its overall sadness, but it would be useful for anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one.

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