Life After Death
- 408 Pages
- August 1, 2023
- ISBN: 9781680998054
- Trim Size: 6in x 9in x 0in
An intertwined tale of a boy’s world shattered by suicide and a man’s story rewritten by neuroscience.
When Richard Brockman found his mother’s body, the simple narrative of his childhood ended. Life After Death tells the story of a boy who died and of a man who survived when the boy and the man are one and the same. It tells a very personal—yet tragically common—story of irredeemable loss. It tells the story of story itself. How story forms. How it grows. How it changes. How it can be broken. And finally, how sometimes it can be repaired.
Now an expert in genetics, epigenetics, and the biology of attachment, Brockman chronicles his evolution from a child overwhelmed by trauma to a man who has struggled to reclaim his past. He lays bare the core of one who is both victim and healer. By weaving together childhood despair and clinical knowledge, Brockman shows how the shattered pieces of the self—though never the same and not without scars—can sometimes be put back together again.
—Mark Solms, science director of the American Psychoanalytic Association
“A brilliant wrestling of the mind and heart. Brockman brings the reader into his shattered world where chaos and annihilation reign in the long shadow of trauma. His soulful search to find healing and wholeness is disarming and breathtaking.”
—Kathleen M. Pike, PhD, professor and director at Columbia-WHO Center for Global Mental Health
"A devastatingly beautiful book about a son's memories of his mother, weaving in broader truths about our brains, the way we form relationships, and how the stories we tell about ourselves shape the way we live."
—Helena Merriman, journalist, author, and creator of the Tunnel 29 podcast