Book Review: Sons Of Suicide By Dan Andrews

An insightful, viscerally emotional memoir, Sons of Suicide relates the story of a young man’s life after losing his Mother to suicide—and succeeding, in spite of experiencing one of the most devastating tragedies known to man.

At eleven, Dan Andrews was abandoned by his Mother. Fatefully, she made the timeless drive down Lake Shore Drive in downtown Chicago, parked her car alongside Buckingham Fountain, and, after sitting and smoking a few last cigarettes, drowned herself in Lake Michigan.

His Mother’s grave decision has given Andrews the ability to perceive and contemplate loss in a way not written about in recent history. Shared with brutal vulnerability and skill, sprinkled with humor and sexuality, Sons of Suicide masterfully entertains and enlightens the reader— serving as a catharsis to the feeling of loss, a feeling to which all humans relate.

The author, Dan Andrews, has also pledged for every copy of Sons of Suicide that is sold, one dollar out of his personal royalty will be donated to the Will To Live Foundation, visit their website for more information about this wonderful organization that is spreading awareness and helping with the teen suicide epidemic. Purchase today to help put an end to suicide.

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I enjoyed this 16 chapter memoir. My favorite lines: 1) Life isn’t short, it can just end fast. 2) The bills don’t matter, the girls don’t matter, grades don’t matter. Life matters. I’m alive. 3) That day I attended two funerals. One was Mom’s, and the other was mine. The old Dan Andrews was buried with her. 4) Luck is a fantasy conjured by many people to rationalize their shortcomings and other’s successes.

Because Dr. Easton was negligent, he ordered his patient to take prescriptions that didn’t go well together. As a result, Dan’s mom became suicidal, drowning herself in Lake Michigan. Dan shares what he went through afterwards in elementary, middle, and high school. Even some college years.

He talks about his friends who helped him along the way. I think it was really brave of him to share such a personal, tragic experience. If anyone has ever lost someone close to them, I believe you’d enjoy the book. It was insightful to get inside of his head because there’s a stereotype of guys not showing emotion, not showing weakness. I thought the author was strong and brave for writing this book.

My favorite section was during his high school years when he bonded with his teachers and realized it’s not the end of the world that he had to split up from his close friends (they went to different schools because of living in different districts). I shed a tear when it revealed the letters Dan’s mom wrote to her husband, her two boys, and her mother. The note to her husband blew my mind.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

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Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: Sons Of Suicide By Dan Andrews

  1. This review is spot on. The review gives an accurate and intriguing summary of the amazing piece of literature my brother has created. Thank You for the thoughtful review. Anyone that is looking for strength and hope, especially while facing a loss, will find the content inspiring and insightful. Dan Andrews dug very deep within himslef and it shows in the words he has written.
    -Matt Andrews

    • Hey Matt,
      You’re welcome. I don’t know if your brother shared with you or not, but I let him know it was sort of hard for me to read because two of my family members had drowned (I was too young to remember them). That’s why his memoir touched me.

      Keep smiling,
      Yawatta

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