Suzanne Ruta
March 19, 1993 AT 05:00 AM EST

Landscape Without Gravity: A Memoir of Grief

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Barbara Lazear Ascher
genre
Self-Help and Psychology, Memoir, Gay and Lesbian

We gave it a B

Of the survivors’ memoirs brought about by the AIDS crisis, Barbara Lazear Ascher’s is among the more staid and cautious. Her younger brother, son of a straitlaced New England family, died of AIDS at 31 in 1989. There are perhaps too many passages of inspirational prose in Landscape Without Gravity: A Memoir of Grief, but when Ascher discloses family misgivings about the wayward son, and when she shows his survivors driven by grief to petty quarreling, she catches something perversely human and real about the tragedy. B

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