Hold Me Now

Hold Me Now

A Novel

Book - 2011
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One Friday, Vancouver lawyer Paul Brenner has dinner with his son, Daniel. They talk about work, health, money, and music, and part ways. The following evening, Paul receives the phone call that is every parent's worst nightmare: Daniel has been killed in Stanley Park. Hold Me Now is an unflinching portrayal of a father's grief, as Paul learns how very different the new world, a world without his son, will be for him. The investigation of Daniel's murder, the trial, and the sentencing of the killer test Paul's faith in the legal system. As both the media and public protest the overt role homophobia played in Daniel's death, Paul struggles to cope, and begins to form reckless and dangerous habits. But with the love of two people in his life who sustain him, his mother, Jean, and his daughter, Elizabeth, he begins to comprehend an incomprehensible tragedy, and forgive an unforgiveable crime.
Publisher: Canada : Broadview Press Ltd, 2011
ISBN: 9781554810215
Branch Call Number: GAU
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Characteristics: 285 p


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May 16, 2012

Very sensitive novel of a Father coping with the violent death of his son.

ksoles Feb 25, 2012

Knowing that "Hold Me Now" chronicles a young gay man’s violent death and a father’s grief might incline readers to turn away. But the novel comprises so much more: a picture of parental love hobbled by incomprehension, a reflection on the underappreciated ordinary and a struggle against oppressive tensions.

When fifty-something Paul Brenner receives the unimaginable news of his son's murder, he succumbs to a desperate need for rest and escape, spending days holed up in his apartment and embarking on reckless activities. As a lawyer, he possesses a legal mind but cannot read people and his emotional subconscious takes time to surface. The details of the crime come to light while Brenner remains embattled both with his own heart and with a supporting cast of characters: his daughter, his ailing mother, his ex-wife and a national reporter.

Author Stephen Gauer maintains full control over these complexities, trusting his readers' intuition and never underscoring what he has already rendered. He builds a psychological study of unwavering breadth and depth. That his subject is at times unlikable doesn't matter; Brenner's anger and sorrow feed on each other and culminate in a beautiful catharsis.

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