Once More We Saw Stars

Once More We Saw Stars

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ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR:
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Paperback
Published by Vintage
May 12, 2020 | 256 Pages | 5-3/16 x 8 | ISBN 9780525435341

Two-year-old Greta Greene is sitting with her grandmother on a park bench on the Upper West Side of Manhattan when a brick crumbles from a windowsill overhead, falls, and strikes her unconscious. She is immediately rushed to the hospital. Jayson Greene’s memoir begins with this event and with the anguish he and his wife, Stacy, confront in the wake of their daughter’s trauma and the hours leading up to her death. But Once More We Saw Stars quickly becomes a narrative that is as much about hope and healing as it is about grief and loss. Jayson recognizes, even in the midst of his ordeal, that there will be a life for him beyond it—that if only he can continue moving forward, from one moment to the next, he will survive what seems unsurvivable.

With raw honesty, deep emotion, and exquisite tenderness, Jayson Greene captures both the fragility of life and absoluteness of death, and most important of all, the unconquerable power of love. This is an unforgettable memoir of courage and transformation—and a book that will change the way you look at the world.

PRAISE

“A gripping and beautiful book about the power of love in the face of unimaginable loss.” —Cheryl Strayed

“A miracle. . . . A narrative of grief and acceptance that is compulsively readable and never self-indulgent.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A masterful literary performance. . . . Greene offers a raw, luminous portrait of suffering and partial healing. . . . [A] beautiful, devastating book.” —The Boston Globe


“[Greene] writes gorgeously. . . . A valuable addition to the literature of grief.” —The Washington Post

“Masterful and compassionate. . . . An intensely moving, life-affirming story.” —Rolling Stone

“[A] melodic, sensitive tribute. . . . [Greene’s] emotionally transparent story resonates not just for the intense sadness at its core, but also its implicit message of perseverance.” —Entertainment Weekly

ABOUT JAYSON GREENE

JAYSON GREENE is a contributing writer and former senior editor at Pitchfork. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Vulture, and GQ, among other publications. This is his first book. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.