CONFRONTED WITH DEATH
is a powerful yet tender human drama about a young and devoted
school teacher haunted by her past and threatened by her future,
living a life that is seemingly cursed.
Beth Suyvesant considers the day she turns thirteen as the
day her world begins to collapse. It is then she learns that
her mother has been struck down with ALS ( Lou Gehrig's Disease
). It is a degenerative disease with no known cause and no
known cure. Now she must sit idly by and watch someone she
loves deteriorate to a slow and agonizing death. To make things
even worse, her father, unable to cope with his own personal
grief, submerges himself so deeply in alcohol that he loses
touch with reality. On several occasions he beats and rapes
his wife while Beth, abiding by her mother's outrageous wishes,
turns her back and does not interfere. Beth must retain this
precarious position until her father finally leaves some two
Then, as a freshman in college, she meets and falls in love
with Art Boatswain. Eventually, they move in together. But
her security is once again short-lived as Art betrays her.
The ill-fated love affair nearly drives Beth to suicide. It
is mainly through the efforts of a bright and compassionate
psychologist that Beth is able to pick up the segments of
her life and move on.
One of the few bright spots in Beth's life is Pete Bascomb.
While teaching the sixth grade she discovers that Pete cannot
read. Shocked beyond reason, she decides to undertake the
formidable task of teaching him how to read. During this period
they develop a very special relationship.
The many families dealing with terminal illness will relate
to CONFRONTED WITH DEATH. What sets this apart is that the
illness is ALS. The reader will be captivated from start to
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Reviewed by CuzBAM
It was more than good. I really wanted to keep reading so
I could see what was going to happen next. The characters
seemed real. I felt their emotions. It was suspenseful.
Reviewed by ROOSTER MITCHELL, L.A. (visitor) 9/28/2001
What a thrilling story. I was captivated all the way through.
Reviewed by EBOOKSNBYTES (visitor) 9/28/2001
CONFRONTED WITH DEATH is a story worth telling. A well-written
plot, memorable and touching.