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This is Joanne Limburg's brave attempt to come to terms with her younger brother’s suicide.  It is set in Stanmore and in Plainsville, Middle America around 2008.  The family, particularly her mother, are vivid characters,  and the book is an honest attempt to lessen pain.  Letters to the Rabbi about her brother’s Jewish soul – after his marrying out and his cremation without family present – elicit responses that some readers will find comforting. Other questions lead Joanne to encounter Rabbis with surprising views, as she reads about Kabbala and other aspects of faith.  This is a memoir about a family in crisis, very honest and utterly compelling.

Small Pieces: A Book of Lamentations by Joanne Limburg

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