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"... In prose as clear and concise as can be, from a heart that hopes to heal, Collins reaches a benchmark in the grieving process in which memory really does become a blessing. The result is breath-taking and breath-giving.”

—Madeleine Blais, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and author of the family memoir Uphill Walkers winner of the NYC NAMI Ken Book Award.


Advance Praise

"...Love in the Archives: A Patchwork of True Stories About Suicide Loss, describes the unique feelings that surround suicide loss while offering comfort and hope to all of us who are grieving someone we love.”

—Carla Fine, author of No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One.

"... I am grateful to have met Collins’ perspicacious daughter Lydia through this book, grateful to be able to grieve her along with Collins (who is wildly perspicacious, herself.) Love in the Archives is a necessary, energizing addition to the library of suicide loss.

—Gayle Brandeis, author of The Art of Misdiagnosis: Surviving My Mother’s Suicide and Drawing Breath: Essays on Writing, The Body, and Loss.


"... Collins writes her heart out – breaking her way through all the taboos and no-no’s of traditional grief talk and instead, delivers the kind of authentic love story that will drop you to your knees and leave you gasping for air. An achingly beautiful, tour de force, must read memoir.

—Armen Bacon, co-author of Griefland: An Intimate Portrait of Love, Loss, and Unlikely Friendship


"...a lesson for other bereaved parents, families and friends, as well as clinical providers, clergy and support system personnel."

—John S. Jeffreys, EdD, FT (ADEC)

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Eileen Vorbach Collins is a writer who knows how to create mystery and intimacy through unforgettable, haunting details that reveal a family’s deepest wound.

—Chris Feliciano Arnold, Author of The Third Bank of the River:  Power and Survival in the Twenty-First Century Amazon.

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