“One realization does dawn upon the death of the second parent, namely that you’ve now moved into the green room to the River Styx. You’re next. Another thing about parental mortality: No matter how much you’ve prepared for the moment, when it comes, it comes at you hot, hard and unrehearsed.”
Those words introduce Christopher Buckley’s memoir, published yesterday in The New York Times Magazine. Author Kathryn Harrison has written about traumatic events providing a “before and after” for their victims’ lives. Most of us will not ever know the traumas she has explored in her books, but we do, all of us, have a before and an after.
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