Jul 14, 2010
Simon's Choice by Charlotte Castle
GP, Dr Simon Bailey is a quietly religious man. So when he is told that his nine year-old daughter's leukaemia will kill her in only months, he explains to her that she will go to heaven. When his daughter asks who will live with her in heaven, he makes an offer that will further rip his family apart.
Simon's Choice is an exploration of grief, questioning the traditional understanding of loss and taking us on a journey from the fibreglass-fabricated world of Disney world, to Hindu practices of self-immolation in India.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The daughter of a successful novelist, Charlotte Castle considers herself ‘chronically unemployable’ and admits to being astounded that her book has had such a positive reception.
“To be honest, I started writing ‘Simon’s Choice’ out of a mixture of genuine desire to explore the horror of losing a child and a fair amount of desire to get out of mopping the kitchen floor. That people want to read it is wonderful.”
A school governor for her daughter’s primary school and actively involved in her local ‘Community Action Group’, Charlotte juggles writing with cleaning up after a man whom she says is “completely unfamiliar with the term ‘washing basket’”, her cat and her two children.
Visit the author's blog at http://charlotte-castle.blogspot.com/
Simon's Choice is an intense and personal look at a young family torn apart when their daughter is diagnosed with terminal leukemia. Through the treatments, periods of remission, and then a brutal re-occurrence, the family is devastated that they can do nothing to improve the outcome.
Simon is Sarah's father, and he also a medical doctor. His little princess is dying, and he feels helpless and turns to alcohol to numb his pain. One night little Sarah asks her dad if she is dying. He has no choice but to be honest with her. This discussion tears the already fragile family apart, and the marriage of Simon and Melissa ends as they both try desperately to cope with their grief.
Simon's Choice is a heart wrenching and honest look at how entire families are affected when a child is diagnosed with a terminal illness. I highly recommend this book, which will be available later this summer. Check the author's website at http://charlotte-castle.blogspot.com/ for more details.
Disclosure: I received an electronic copy of Simon's Choice from the author, in exchange for my honest review. I received no compensation for my thoughts.
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