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Community Life – Finding Meaning After Tragedy

March 19, 2015
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Hospice of the Valley 4850 Union Avenue San Jose, CA 95124

Meet the author John Evans as he shares with us his memoir Young Widower at this very special book singing event.

About the Author

John W. EvansJohn W. Evans was 29 and his wife, Katie, was 30. They had met in the Peace Corps in Bangladesh, taught in Chicago, studied in Miami, and were working for a year in Romania when they set off with friends to hike into the Carpathian Mountains. In an instant, their life together was shattered. Katie became separated from the group. When John finally found her, he could only watch helplessly as she was mauled to death by a brown bear.

In such a love story, such a life story, how could a person ever move forward? That is the question that John, traumatized and restless, confronts in this book as he learns the language of grief, the rhetoric of survival, and the contrary algorithms of holding fast and letting go. His memories of Katie and their time together, and the strangeness of his life with her family in the year after her death, create an unsentimental but deeply moving picture of loss, the brutality of nature, and the unfairness of needing to narrate a story that nothing can prepare a person to tell.

Told with unyielding witness, elegance, and care, Young Widower is a heartbreaking account of a senseless tragedy and the persistence of grief in a young person’s life.

Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Questions, contact Amy Ramsey 408.559.5600 or aramsey@hospicevalley.org

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