AGAINST THE DYING OF THE LIGHT: A Father's Journey Through Loss

Leonard Fein, Author . Jewish Lights $19.95 (176p) ISBN 978-1-58023-110-7

On January 29, 1996, Fein's 30-year-old daughter, Nomi, collapsed suddenly and died minutes later, leaving behind a husband, a young daughter and a grieving family. In order to come to terms with the loss, Fein (Where Are We?: The Inner Life of America's Jews) narrates his memories of his daughter as well as his own attempts to understand her death. In the first section, which chronicles the first year after the tragedy, Fein interweaves scenes of her death and funeral with vignettes from her life. Nomi's brilliance and her deep love for others and for social justice provide a poignant counterpoint to Fein's own rehearsal of the loss generated by her death. The second section presents Fein's agonizing questions about why his daughter, of all people, had to die, and how we can justify the ways of God to humankind. Certainly Fein experiences a wide range of feelings, from anger and bitterness to acceptance, but he beautifully describes his life without Nomi as "the enduring presence of an absence." In the final section, Fein writes a letter to his five-year-old granddaughter, Liat, offering the stories of her grandparents and her mother and encouraging Liat to choose life and love in the midst of the chaos of the world. Although Fein sometimes engages in self-conscious philosophizing, his honest and searing words powerfully evoke the deeply felt loss of a child. (June)

Reviewed on: 05/14/2001
Release date: 02/01/2001
Show other formats
Paperback - 176 pages - 978-1-58023-197-8
Open Ebook - 978-1-58023-786-4
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Email Address


Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.