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Once More We Saw Stars

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Two-year-old Greta Greene was sitting with her grandmother on a park bench on the Upper West Side of Manhattan when a brick crumbled from a windowsill overhead, striking her unconscious. She is immediately rushed to the hospital. Once More We Saw Stars begins with this event, leading the reader into the unimaginable.

But although it begins with the anguish Jayson and his wi
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Expected publication: May 14th 2019 by Knopf Publishing Group
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Cassidy Tooley
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The entire first half of this book made me sob. Having never lost someone close to me, I found the second half about their grief very interesting, overwhelming, and hopeful. All I am left with is wanting peace for every person in this book.
Madeleine
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book, a true story written by a father who lost his two year old daughter in a freak accident, somehow pulls off the miraculous feat of being both crushingly sad and hauntingly beautiful. I have left a trail of tears throughout Manhattan in all the places I devoured this heartbreaking but lovely story. Put it on your to-read list now for when it is released in May 2019. The version I read was an advance copy.
Sarah
Nov 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
An incredibly sad memoir written by a father whose daughter's life is cut short by a freak accident. Shortly after her second birthday, Greta Greene is struck in the head by a crumbling brick. Jayson Greene chronicles the aftermath of her death narrating his stages of grief and quest for some sense of relief from the emotions threatening to overwhelm him.
Because neither Jayson nor his wife are religious people they seek out a variety of sources in an attempt to assign some meaning out to their t
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Lydia
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone should read this book. What this family went through is heartbreaking and makes me so sad, but unfortunately tragedy happens and to build empathy we must read and share stories like this one.
Taylor Noel
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful, devastating eloquent memoir about what’s it’s like to lose a child and continue living. It’s a journey of grief and hope and resilience, and one I will not easily forget.
Emilie
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Spenser
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Hayley Hoffman
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“I still have a long time before we find each other again, Greta, and I am sure I will yearn for you during much of that time.”

A raw and blistering book about a father’s grief. I am so very sad for the loss that led to this book’s necessity, but remain in awe of Jayson Greene’s clear and biting prose. I am fairly certain I cried every time I picked this book up and will never listen to “Between the Bars” the same way again. Can’t believe I have to wait until May 2019 to start recommending it to
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Ctramontin
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Arthur Greene
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Roseanne Cheng
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gutting and positivity beautiful. Thank you @jayson_greene for sharing Greta with us.
Cynthia
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5. Heart wrenching, insightful, and beautifully written.
Tory
Nov 22, 2018 added it
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DNFed at 53%. Not going to star this book because it wouldn't be a fair review: it's not for me. I don't have kids and don't want kids; I haven't experienced huge grief; mediums are a huge crock and a scam; PITCHFORK, REALLY?? (This book is definitely written by a Pitchfork writer, no joke.) I'm sorry that the Greenes experienced this pain and loss, but I didn't get anything from reading it.
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Julie Manley
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love, loss, respect, priorities, honor, .... oh my!
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Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This is a doozy of a memoir. When Jayson Greene’s story got almost too tough to endure, I of course continued, acutely aware of how privileged I was to be reading about his heartbreak instead of having had to experience it. This is going to make serious waves. Those who have grieved a loss will find camaraderie and comfort in this beautiful, heart-wrenching story—a story that ends with bittersweetness. Readers of Ariel Levy’s THE RULES DO NOT APPLY will love ONCE MORE WE SAW STARS.
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JAYSON GREENE is a contributing writer and former senior editor at Pitchfork. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Vulture, and GQ, among other publications. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.