The Girl Behind the Door

A Father's Quest to Understand His Daughter's Suicide

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Publisher Description

“A moving and riveting memoir about one family’s love and tragedy…beautifully researched, and expressed” (Anne Lamott).

Early one Tuesday morning John Brooks went to his teenage daughter’s room. Casey was gone, but she had left a note: The car is parked at the Golden Gate Bridge. I’m sorry. Within hours a security video showed Casey stepping off the bridge.

Brooks spent several years after Casey’s suicide trying to understand what led his seventeen-year-old daughter to take her life. He examines Casey’s journey from her abandonment at birth in Poland, to the orphanage where she lived for her first fourteen months, to her adoption and life with John and his wife, Erika, in Northern California. He reads. He talks to Casey’s friends, teachers, doctors, therapists, and other parents. He consults adoption experts, researchers, clinicians, attachment therapists, and social workers.

In The Girl Behind the Door, Brooks’s “desperate search for answers and guilt for not doing the right thing without knowing what it was reveals the utter helplessness of suicide survivors” (Kirkus Reviews). Ultimately, Brooks comes to realize that Casey probably suffered an attachment disorder from her infancy—an affliction common among children who’ve been orphaned, neglected, and abused. She might have been helped if someone had recognized this. The Girl Behind the Door is an important book for parents, mental health professionals, and teens: “Rarely have the subjects of suicide, adoption, adolescence, and parenting been explored so openly and honestly” (John Bateson, Former Executive Director, Contra Costa County Crisis Center, and author of The Final Leap: Suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge).

GENRE
Nonfiction
RELEASED
2016
February 9
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
224
Pages
PUBLISHER
Scribner
SELLER
SIMON AND SCHUSTER DIGITAL SALES INC
SIZE
3.2
MB

Customer Reviews

Bob162535 ,

Redwood high school

My son went to school w Casey the culture of that area for student is intense .. the wealth and education of the parents in that area is not something anybody else would fully comprehend. When I asked my son why he thought she did it his answer was simply 'pressure' 'high school was awful' thus from a star athlete there finishing law school now at an Ivy League school.... my heart goes out to these people and as a native San Franciscan I will support the fund for a net I too believe if it had been in place maybe it would have made a difference and if maybe is all we have I'll take it . Lea

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