Justine Picardie is a journalist working most recently at Vogue and as editor of the Observer Magazine. She is now a full-time freelance writer and lives with her husband and two sons in London.
Moving from Good Friday 2000 to Easter Sunday 2001, this book recounts journalist Picardie's efforts to cope with her sister's death from breast cancer. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
As an editor at London's Observer, Picardie hired her younger sister, Ruth, to write a series of columns chronicling her personal experiences with breast cancer. After submitting only a few essays, Ruth, the mother of two-year-old twins, died at age 33. Justine and Ruth had been exceptionally close, and here the surviving sibling offers diary entries from her own year of mourning between Good Friday 2000 and Easter Sunday 2001. Picardie is no stranger to death, undergoing an unusual number of losses through illness, accident and suicide, and this excess along with her deep grief over her sister's death leads her on a quest for answers to one of life's most basic mysteries: "Where do the dead go?" Missing Ruth terribly, Picardie realizes, "I didn't expect silence," and begins watching for signs and messages. Urgently seeking communication with "the other side," Picardie visits "spiritualists," scientific researchers and inventors of electronic machines that claim to record the voices of the dead. With obsessive hope and healthy skepticism, Picardie haunts the Internet, flies halfway around the world to a conference of psychic mediums and studies Freud and Jung's unpublished correspondences. She describes her dreams of Ruth and arguments with her rational "imaginary therapist." Frustrated with Ruth's silence, the author reveals the mourner's secret fear that "she doesn't love me anymore; she doesn't want to talk to me." Originally published by Macmillan in Great Britain, this well-told tale is a deeply touching, intellectually captivating investigation into the elusive nature of love and death. (June 10) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
"A tender memoir [and] a provocative tour of...psychic labyrinths." "An extraordinary investigation...an illuminating and uplifting read. It is the authenticity of Picardie's emotional and intellectual quest, and her conclusions about life and love as much as death, that make this book so hopeful and engaging." "Tackles some of the most important developments in psychic research during the 20th century. The result is a book of great discipline...investigating the limits of what we know about being both dead and alive." "Poignant, moving, and funny. An honest and searingly emotional account of a journey of the spirit. If you've lost someone close, you will find it deeply comforting." "Is there life after death? Picardie's life after Ruth's demise, and her luminous memorial to her, virtually proves that there is."