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We Can Make a Life

We Can Make a Life (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Henry, Chessie

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Hours after the 2011 Christchuch Earthquake, Kaikoura-based doctor Chris Henry crawled through the burning CTV building to rescue those who were trapped. Six years later, his daughter Chessie interviews him in an attempt to understand the trauma that led her father to burnout, in... the process unravelling stories and memories from her own remarkable family history. Chessie rebuilds her family's lives on the page, from her parents' honeymoon across Africa, to living in Tokelau as one of five children under ten before returning to New Zealand, where her mother would set her heart and home in the Clarence Valley only to see it devastated in the 2016 Kaikoura Earthquake, and the family displaced. Written with the same love and compassion that defines her family's courage and strength, We Can Make a Life is an extraordinary memoir about the psychological cost of heroism, home and belonging, and how a family made a life together. I'd always felt that I was emotional because I had been raised by emotional people: talking right from the beginning, unafraid of tears or love or closeness. Was it entrenched in us, to feel things too much? Would we have to fight it away - the black shape at the edges, bounding after us, a smudge of darkness in an otherwise colourful scene.
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ISBN 9781776561940
Published NZ 9 Aug 2018
Publisher Victoria University Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781776561940
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced on backorder; allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher Victoria University Press
Imprint Victoria University Press
Published 9 Aug 2018
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Henry, Chessie
Category Biography & Autobiography
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 210mm
Dewey Code 610.69/5092
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Christchurch Earthquake New Zealand 2011, Physicians - Biography - New Zealand - Kaikoura, Christchurch Earthquake, NZ, 2011, Kaikaoura Earthquake, NZ, 2016, Burn out Psychology
NBS Text Autobiography: General
ONIX Text General/trade