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Book Title: Parentheses: A Memoir of My Life Before, During and After My Death|
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The author of the book: Fredrick Swan
Edition: Stewart and Hobbs Publishing House
Date of issue: April 28th 2014
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Two days before he would die from a cardiac arrest and be resuscitated following a routine medical procedure, Fred Swan wrote a skeptical prayer in a journal. Discouraged and depressed he asked the Universe, he asked a “higher power” that he might wake from his upcoming procedure a “changed man, a man with a differing view” of his life. Days later a physician cautioned his family, “Before we start worrying about how he will climb the stairs, let us first determine if he has brain function.” A portion of Swan’s sight and his ability to comprehend the passage of time did not accompany his eventual journey back up the hill to his house. Ten months later the same physician that had both saved his life and cautioned Swan’s family about the potential of brain damage, was summoned to perform open heart surgery on Swan’s wife.
A story of childhood, a story of aging, Parentheses sensitively explores a life on the other side of a “miracle,” a life on the other side of the “light,” where all things are not clear and peaceful, where all truths, all insight has not been revealed.
This beautifully constructed and experimental memoir provides a rare and sensitive glimpse into the heart and the mind of a man as he searches through his troubled childhood, his quest as an adult to meet a birth parent, his life as a father and a husband, his questions about the existence of God and the psychological debris left from a catastrophic physical event.
Parentheses: My Life Before, During and After My Death, is a story of hope and a story of the resiliency of the human spirit. It takes a journalistic, introspective and spirited path that will resonate with readers who, despite the enormous losses and challenges we all eventually encounter, continue to hope and who continue to aspire to use to the fullest any day and any potential they are given.
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Read information about the authorFredrick Swan is an artist and an author whose career has encompassed
years of working as a child and family counselor, an individual therapist
and serving as a field instructor at a graduate school of social work.
Aware that he is one of the few people on earth who has lived to explore the meaning of their own death in the context of their life, he is currently writing a blog to help others reimagine their lives.
He writes and paints beside a creek just outside the diverse river port city of Portland, Oregon. The father of four, his art work and blog can be found at www.fredrickswan.com.