| This is a reminder that TONIGHT at 7PM, fellow Stratfield Dad Ivan Maisel, and author of this year's One Book One Town (OBOT) selction, will join us at the Quick Center at Fairfield University. This is a great opportunity to learn more about his book, “I Keep Trying to Catch His Eye: a memoir of loss, grief, and love,” and Ivan's process in writing it.
As background, Ivan has written a beautiful and powerful memoir about his own journey following the loss of their son Max to suicide. I put off starting the book for quite some time, but am so glad I took the opportunity to read his story. Ivan is not only a beautiful writer (he covered college football for ESPN for many years), but an insightful and powerful voice of clarity amidst the hecticness of our lives.
I have heard some in the community say that the choice of this book is “too difficult,” and indeed this is a difficult conversation. I applaud the OBOT committee and our libraries for helping to bring a conversation about suicide and mental health into the light. In Connecticut in 2020, suicide was the second leading cause of death for those age 10-34. Help is available, now through 988 and many other community resources. Ivan’s story, which I hope to finish this week, is a powerful reminder that, as he says, “Grief is love.”
Registration is required for the event, so please click the button below to RSVP: