WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2014/2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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182 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 in july, Weston's Sukey Forbes — a member of the old New England tribe that includes great-great-great-grand- father Ralph Waldo Emerson — published a memoir about the gift she never asked for and would give back in a heart- beat: the spiritual growth and comfort that has come in the ten years since the loss of her daughter, Charlotte. Sukey and I first became friends over coffee at Peet's two years ago, both of us authors in the publication chute com- paring notes on the business side of creative writing. On the street front bench that morning, I was struck by the clear-eyed calm with which she described the rare genetic fever disorder that took her six year old, and the writing of a deeply personal memoir documenting her descent to the darkest of places and back again. This summer I sat down with Sukey on the eve of her move to California, where her family once lived and her two surviving children are attending school. In her beautiful shell of a packed home, we discussed the complex emotions of publishing the book she wished she'd had on her nightstand in 2004, and the motivation for writing it: her unorthodox jour- ney to answer that most visceral question that haunts a bereaved parent. Where has she gone? You had just moved to Weston when you lost Charlotte in August of 2004. That must have made for a terribly challenging way to enter the community. The community absolutely embraced us. We moved into a lovely small community in Weston, where all our neighbors had initially come over in the old-world way and brought baked goods. Very quickly they put together a meal drive, and between them and the new school C O U R T E S Y O F V I K I N G A N D S U K E Y F O R B E S library reading belles-lettres literature bestsellers media authors The Angel in My Pocket: A Story of Love, Loss, and Life After Death An Interview with Sukey Forbes N I C H O L E B E R N I E R writer books

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