After the Death of Anna Gonzales


Author: Fields, Terri
ISBN: 9780805071276 Publisher: Henry Holt & Co

A powerful look at the effects of one girlÕs suicide on her high school

"I can feel

The whispering of the hallway walls

Growing louder as the groups gather.

Each clique adding to its morning input.

ÒDid you hear?Ó

ÒWho told you?Ó

ÒDo you think itÕs really true?Ó

New at this school,

I stand alone.

Watching . . ."

Brutally honest and authentic in tone, this collection of voices centers on the suicide of high school freshman Anna Gonzales. Each piece, read alone, portrays a classmateÕs or teacherÕs personal reaction to the loss, taken hard by some, by others barely noticed. Read together, the poems create a richly textured and moving testimony to the rippling effects of one girlÕs devastating choice. Terri Fields has written a thought-provoking, important work that resonates with both pain and hope. This is a book that will stay with readers long after they put it down.

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