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Aftermath [Hardcover]

Harold Gagne , Monique Lepine
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Nov. 18 2008 0670069698 978-0670069699 First Edition

On Dec. 6, 1989 Monique Lépine, a nurse and mother of two is on her way to a prayer meeting when she hears on the radio that a crazed gunman has just killed 14 women at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montréal. Deeply distressed, she asks her prayer group to pray for the women and their families and the family of the killer. Little does she know she is praying for herself: the killer is her son, Marc. Thus begins Monique Lépine's nightmare. Overcome by sadness, guilt, shame, isolation, and the terrible pain of losing a son, Lépine hid her grief for 17 years. She resisted the hordes of media from around the world wanting to question her about what is still the worst mass shooting on Canadian soil. What changed her mind about speaking publicly was another terrible event: the Dawson College shooting in September 2006, when another lone gunman killed a young woman and injured several others. She gave a TV interview in Québec to Harold Gagné, and received a flood of sympathetic mail telling her that her own story could help other families with their grief. This is a story of grief and survival, told by an ordinary woman faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges.

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Monique Lépine is a retired nurse and the mother of Marc Lépine, killer of the 14 women at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montréal. Monique Lépine has only ever spoken once publicly about the Montreal massacre. It was a televised interview in French with Harold Gagné, and occurred after the 2006 Dawson College shooting in Montreal. The book will be the first print story of her experience, told in full.

Harold Gagné holds a degree in political science, administration and management and has been working as a journalist for the French-language television station TVA for over two decades now. He has received several awards of excellence for his investigative reporting, including the prestigious Judith-Jasmin Prize bestowed by the Professional Federation of Quebec Journalists for his televised interview with Monique Lépine. Harold Gagné is also a regular contributor to Reader's Digest. This is his first book.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Aftermath Feb. 12 2009
By C. Loe
This is a very interesting book which does shed a lot of life on the whole tragedy. It answers a lot of questions that we may have about the life of Marc Lepine and his early life. The author does not take an "oh, my poor son" view but is very honest. The one downfall of this read is that it is a very poorly written book from an academic perspective.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny March 12 2011
Being a graduate of Polytechnique, and having seen Denis Villeneuve's movie, to me, it was a must to buy this book and get a further understanding of what happened on December 6,1989.

This book is very well written, from the heart, and tells all from this mother's tormented heart. There is so much information in this book that could have been left out in order for the author to protect her privacy, yet it's opened up and reveals all, making no excuses for bad choices made.

I literally devoured this book in two evenings, and no page was in excess. This book has helped me deal with the devastation I felt back in 1989 and that all came rushing back when I saw Denis Villeneuve's film.

I realize that it is also a gems for all those parents that society places on trial for their criminal children's actions. That rather than hiding in their shame, these parents can look to Monique Lepine as a brave example of survival.

I know of children who have grown up in contexts that are far worse than that of Marc Lepine and have still turned into well functioning adults. Simply put, he was a mentally deranged individual who was unable to take responsibility for his own actions and blamed women for his failures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous overcoming July 5 2012
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A beautiful testimony of how a mother with two children abandoned by her husband overcame a most horrible loss of those two children and gives witness to the amazing grace of God.
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