Review: “Gritty Wisdom: A Father-Son Journey”

Kim Chernin has written a loving, praiseful review of Noe. Here’s an excerpt:

From the time I started to read this book, I wanted to write about it. I made notes all over the margins with what I hoped would be useful things to say. Now that I am writing, I feel that I will never be able to do justice to this remarkable book. I will try, in the hope that many other people will discover it and experience its gritty, deeply felt, and hard-won wisdom.

Phil Wolfson’s Noe describes the experience of a family facing the serious illness and eventual death of Noah, their sixteen-year-old son. The book is woven from a rich tapestry of voices, from the author’s journals, Noah’s chemotherapy diaries, and the convincingly channeled voice of the boy who has died: “Pay attention, you bozo … I am going to tell you how to proceed. Don’t think I haven’t been watching you mope about these last weeks since you were so careless with our journal. After all this is also my loss. It’s my story you’re supposed to be telling, not just yours…”

Read Kim Chernin’s review of Noe in its entirety at Tikkun.

Kim’s most recent books include: Everywhere a Guest, Nowhere at Home: A New Vision of Israel and Palestine; In My Mother’s House: A Memoir, The Hungry Self: Women, Eating and Identity; and My Life as a Boy: A Woman’s Story.

Our grateful appreciation to Michael Lerner, Kim, and staff person Alana Price. Please consider supporting Tikkun and the Network of Spiritual Progressives.

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