Joan Wickersham’s The Suicide Index


Joan Wickersham’s The Suicide Index is a memoir on
how her father shot himself to death and how, in its wake, qualms, queries,
insecurities, and fear gripped the psyche of the immediate family members, most importantly the author’s, and
others. The author in her memoir, in search of the cause of her father’s death,
exhumes innumerable oddities and obscurities that might have abetted him to
commit suicide. It is the author’s journey, after her father’s death, riding a
chariot of time back and forth, reflecting on who he was, his upbringing, his
family relationship, people and places he was acquainted with, and the business
he was involved in. This memoir is more than an account of the author’s
father’s suicide and other journal entries. It is more of a, as a reader of
this book, didactic that zooms out a lot of textures that one cannot help
taking away: What…

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