Dreaming Sally: A True Story of First Love, Sudden Death and Long Shadows

Author:   James Fitzgerald
Publisher:   Random House Canada
ISBN:  

9780345814531


Pages:   368
Publication Date:   28 August 2018
Format:   Hardback
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Author:   James Fitzgerald
Publisher:   Random House Canada
Imprint:   Random House Canada
Dimensions:   Width: 14.60cm , Height: 2.90cm , Length: 21.70cm
Weight:   0.481kg
ISBN:  

9780345814531


ISBN 10:   0345814533
Pages:   368
Publication Date:   28 August 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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PRAISE FOR JAMES FITZGERALD'S PREVIOUS BOOK, WHAT DISTURBS OUR BLOOD Winner of the Donald Grant Creighton Award from the Ontario Historical Society [2012] Finalist for Canada Reads: True Stories [2011] Finalist for the Toronto Book Awards [2011] Finalist for the Trillium Book Award [2011] Finalist for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction [2011] Winner of the Writers' Trust of Canada Non-Fiction Prize [2010] A mesmerizing portrait of a driven family and a demanding society. --The Globe and Mail Author James FitzGerald hails from two generations of doctors whose medical achievements left a great impact on the Canadian health system. But these great men also suffered great falls that the FitzGerald family kept secret. Not only is this memoir a gripping, deeply personal story about family relationships and family secrets, it is also a fascinating, well-researched history of Toronto, Canadian medicine and public health, and the treatment of mental illness. --Toronto Book Awards jury citation What Disturbs Our Blood certainly disturbed mine in many ways, and I thought it was magnificent. I see our country and our city with very different eyes, not to mention our national medical heroes . . . I found potent resonances on every page. --David Cronenberg, film director A powerfully written, emotionally authentic and intellectually satisfying account of addiction and mental illness in a prominent Canadian medical family. A gripping read, due to the writerly skill and unflinching honesty of the author, and his commitment to uncovering dark secrets hidden behind blue blood respectability and high professional achievement. --Gabor Mat , M.D., author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction A remarkable narrative of striving, depression, madness, suicide, and survival in a family connected with some of Canada's greatest twentieth-century medical achievements. It is compelling reading, difficult to put down, and it is likely to create in many readers, as it did for me, a range of emotional responses seldom noted in the pages of an academic journal. . . . What Disturbs Our Blood is an intensely personal book. . . . As a scholar I normally take a dim view of what is called 'creative' non-fiction, and for that reason dislike many journalists' attempts at writing history. This book is an exception. It provides such a window into one family's troubles, into the private lives of a medical generation brought up [to] aspire to more than their temperaments could sustain, into real experiences with mental illness, and into the gothic catacombs of old Toronto, that it deserves a wide readership. When you finish the book you have learned a lot and you have been put through an emotional wringer. --Michael Bliss, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto, Canadian Bulletin of Medical History


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Educated at Upper Canada College and Queen's University, JAMES FITZGERALD spent over 40 years in the fields of journalism and book publishing. His first book, Old Boys: The Powerful Legacy of Upper Canada College, was a controversial inside look at the attitudes and values of English Canada's ruling class families rendered in an oral history format. Revelations of the sexual abuse of boys at the school, first published in his book in 1994, sparked the criminal conviction of three former teachers and a successful multi-million dollar class action suit against UCC. His second book, What Disturbs Our Blood: A Son's Quest to Redeem the Past, was a multi-layered exploration of madness and high achievement within his prominent Toronto medical family. In 2010, the book won the Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for three other major literary awards. The last in a thematic trilogy of creative non-fiction, Dreaming Sally is a true story of first love, sudden death and synchronicity set in the summer of 1968.

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