Aftermath Hardcover – Nov 18 2008
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.