- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Freehand Books (Jan. 11 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1554810213
- ISBN-13: 978-1554810215
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 23.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 431 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,013,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Hold Me Now Paperback – Jan 11 2010
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"A gripping story told by a talented writer" - Michael Winter
"[Hold Me Now] is fascinating at every turn and it leads to a beautifully rendered catharsis. Have a handkerchief handy. - Globe and Mail
"A potent and poignant examination of a father's grief" - The Vancouver Sun
From the Back Cover
One Friday, Vancouver lawyer Paul Brenner has dinner with his son, Daniel. They talk about work, health, money, and music, and part ways. The following evening, Paul receives the phone call that is every parents worst nightmare: Daniel has been killed in Stanley Park.Hold Me Now is an unflinching portrayal of a fathers grief, as Paullearns how very different the new world a world without his son will be for him. The investigation of Daniels murder, the trial, and the sentencing of the killer test Pauls faith in the legal system. As both the media and public protest the overt role homophobia played in Daniels death, Paul struggles to cope, and begins to form reckless and dangerous habits. But with the love of two people in his life who sustain him his mother, Jean, and his daughter, Elizabeth he begins to comprehend an incomprehensible tragedy, and forgive an unforgiveable crime.See all Product description
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When fifty-something Paul Brenner receives the unimaginable news of his son's murder, he succumbs to a desperate need for rest and escape, spending days holed up in his apartment and embarking on reckless activities. As a lawyer, he possesses a legal mind but cannot read people and his emotional subconscious takes time to surface. The details of the crime come to light while Brenner remains embattled both with his own heart and with a supporting cast of characters: his daughter, his ailing mother, his ex-wife and a national reporter.
Author Stephen Gauer maintains full control over these complexities, trusting his readers' intuition and never underscoring what he has already rendered. He builds a psychological study of unwavering breadth and depth. That his subject is at times unlikable doesn't matter; Brenner's anger and sorrow feed on each other and culminate in a beautiful catharsis.
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