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Back From Suicide 


Before and After the Essential Patrick

Marie Lisette Rimer

“He would teach me that there was something worse than dying.


It was the fear of not dying.


It was called depression.”

Lisette Rimer

Back From Suicide


 If this can happen to a young man "so accomplished, bright, loved, needed, from a fairly solid family, then there is no stopping the scourge of suicide."

Lisette Rimer in "Hunting for historic hints." 

"Grief Through Family History,"

a presentation on the writing of Parade Rest.

Marie Lisette Rimer grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and gravitated to New England for a BA and MA in Secondary Education at the University of Connecticut. She was a publicist in the Connecticut legislature and then taught English and journalism at Rectory School in Pomfret, Connecticut. She rode off-the-track Thoroughbreds and taught riding in her spare time. The joy of three children and country living with her husband Robert Wood were shattered with the suicide death of her youngest son, Patrick Wood. She began a search to learn why—at first through Patrick’s life and then through the ravages of depression and her mother’s similar death. Back From Suicide is the story of life after tragedy. It is the fall from grace and the search for respite through understanding.





“Lisette is an elegant writer.  There are so many angles and so much history.  It’s an amazing, amazing story.” 


- Bibi Gaston,

The Loveliest Woman in America: A Tragic Actress, Her Lost Diaries, and Her Granddaughter’s Search for Home (2009), Gifford Pinchot and the First Foresters (2016)


“I am totally awed by the book:  its scope, the massive research, the incredible details, and the quality of the writing.  Wow and wow again!  I couldn’t wait to get back to it each day.  It is fascinating, and I learned a huge amount.  It is like a gigantic jigsaw puzzle, and if my book had 500 pieces, this one has at least a thousand.”


- Fair Alice Bullock McCormick

From Farm to Finance, A New England Family, Its Town and Its Times (2011)



"The writing is as beautiful as it is painful.”

- Susie Merry Sapp



Back From Suicide expected publication 2021


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