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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press (15 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082651796X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826517968
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 1.7 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,654,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christine Hartmann was born in the U.S. of German immigrant parents. She spent part of her college years studying in Nepal and graduated with a B.A. in German literature. For the next nine years she pursued her love of teaching in rural Japan. After returning to the U.S. to study clinical social work, she earned her Master's and Ph.D. Having held a number of research positions, she nows works at the Veteran's Health Administration and also holds a faculty appointment at Boston University. Learn more at her website: www.chartmannbooks.com.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judy Croome on 23 Dec. 2011
Format: Paperback
If I could give this memoir 10 stars I would. If you are in a care-giving situation for your parents, buy, beg , borrow or steal a copy of this book. It will comfort and guide you through the loneliness of losing your parents while they are still physically alive.

SO FAR AWAY has had me crying - no, sobbing - inconsolably for the past two days as I read it. I am drained and exhausted and utterly relieved that I am no longer alone in my journey of grief. That there is a way through this loss; there is even life at the end of this seemingly endless road that has drained all my energy, my enthusiasm and my optimism, turning me ever more isolationist and remote from real life.

What makes this book special is that Dr Hartmann's life, losses and love are mine too. Reading Hartmann's story allowed me to cry for her that which I cannot yet cry for myself: the loss of my hero, my "pardner," my beloved Dad.

I could cry, too, for the fading of that strong light that was the hallmark of my courageous Mom, her joie de vivre overshadowed now by the endless day-to-day caring of the physical body that houses the lost soul of her husband and my father.

Hartmann's compassionate, endless caring, the relentless journey to understand both herself and her parent's emotional wounds fill this memoir and made me realise that I too carry a deep private grief and double loss inside me.

She reminds me what I had forgotten: that this cycle of life, too, can be a path of mutual love and respect between special parents and a daughter they had, despite their own wounds and private griefs, always surrounded in love and support.

The subtitle of this book is that it's a "memoir about life, loss and love.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Review of So Far Away 11 Dec. 2011
By Lydia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I struggled with this memoir. Granted, I should have known I'd struggle with it - the subject matter was just so hard.

Christine Hartmann is a strong woman. I don't know that I could have done what she did. She builds the story over a period of about ten years, but the psychological impact her mother had on her lasted longer than that. Can you imagine? Living with the knowledge that your mother plans to die by suicide? I can't.

This book inspired a good, heartfelt talk between me and my parents which essentially started with, "Look, I know you don't want to lose your dignity as you get older, but I'm here to help you as you age. I like you around, and I don't want to lose you before your time." And that was something that needed to be said. I know I would not have the strength to hug my mother, who is perfectly healthy, and walk away with the knowledge that I won't see her again.

I really struggled with Christine Hartmann's decisions throughout the book, and I was glad to see that, toward the end, these decisions are finally challenged in a way that they needed to be. I wont' give more information then that, but I do feel that it's vital to know that there is a reason to keep reading - even though the subject matter seems to drag you down deeper and deeper into this horrible muck.

I admire Hartmann as well - for putting this story down on paper. I hope it helps to heal her, and I hope the bad memories fade over time until all she can remember are the good ones.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An Ode to Love 22 Dec. 2011
By Judy Croome - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
If I could give this memoir 10 stars I would. If you are in a care-giving situation for your parents, buy, beg , borrow or steal a copy of this book. It will comfort and guide you through the loneliness of losing your parents while they are still physically alive.

SO FAR AWAY has had me crying - no, sobbing - inconsolably for the past two days as I read it. I am drained and exhausted and utterly relieved that I am no longer alone in my journey of grief. That there is a way through this loss; there is even life at the end of this seemingly endless road that has drained all my energy, my enthusiasm and my optimism, turning me ever more isolationist and remote from real life.

What makes this book special is that Dr Hartmann's life, losses and love are mine too. Reading Hartmann's story allowed me to cry for her that which I cannot yet cry for myself: the loss of my hero, my "pardner," my beloved Dad.

I could cry, too, for the fading of that strong light that was the hallmark of my courageous Mom, her joie de vivre overshadowed now by the endless day-to-day caring of the physical body that houses the lost soul of her husband and my father.

Hartmann's compassionate, endless caring, the relentless journey to understand both herself and her parent's emotional wounds fill this memoir and made me realise that I too carry a deep private grief and double loss inside me.

She reminds me what I had forgotten: that this cycle of life, too, can be a path of mutual love and respect between special parents and a daughter they had, despite their own wounds and private griefs, always surrounded in love and support.

The subtitle of this book is that it's a "memoir about life, loss and love." Ultimately, SO FAR AWAY is simply an Ode to Love and it has gifted me with the memory of love at its best. I know once again that connections forged in love ever remain.

SO FAR AWAY has "soothed the ragged tears of my heart," and for that I sincerely thank Christine Hartmann for having the courage to share her story with us.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Powerfully written memoir with inspiring universalities about love and loss 8 Nov. 2011
By AEM Hofmeister - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"So Far Away" captures author Christine Hartmann's lived experience around each one of her parents' deaths. For twenty years, Christine lived with the knowledge of her mother's choice to kill herself at age seventy. The very choice that gave her mother control and peace of mind left Christine struggling with powerlessness in anticipation of loss. With emotional prowess, Christine chronicles her struggle to come to terms with her mother's decision while trying to remain connected and true to her own experience. Eventually, the premeditated death of her mother left Christine alone to deal with the incapacitation of her father by massive hemorrhagic stroke, the very fate her mother had successfully avoided. The power of "So Far Away" is Christine's unflinching honesty and insight into her own experience in the face of enormous loss. The lessons that Christine learned, and describes so eloquently, are ones that are universal, and will resonate in each one of us.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Story of Great Loss, Great Love and Great Compassion 28 Nov. 2011
By Barbara Blair - Published on Amazon.com
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This poignant and well-written memoir is surely destined to be a classic. The author deals with the painful topic of her mother's planned suicide in an honest yet loving way. This book is full of life lessons and ultimately is the story of the author's triumphant and beautiful human spirit and the painful process with which she comes to terms with her tragic loss and the knowledge of that impending loss for many years.

The fact that the author is willing to share her story to help others deal with grief and loss is a measure of her great compassion for others, something all too rare these days. This is truly a book of the heart. This book is a must read for every therapist and grief counselor. It is a genuine way forward for all those who suffer the insufferable.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A moving, thoughtful and thought-provoking work 21 Nov. 2011
By NJN - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is one of those rare memoirs that not only shares a very personal experience, providing a catharsis for the author, but also draws the reader in to thinking about their own life and relationships. This is a thought-provoking commentary on parent-child relationships, the passage to adulthood, planning for the inevitability of death, and coping with the aftermath of a parent's passing. Few adult readers would not find something to relate to in this interesting and moving memoir. Don't let the heavy subject matter scare you off; this is ultimately a very satisfying work that provides a positive affirmation of life.
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