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A Father-Daughter Memoir

Summary: Here the voice of a father, Nelson Good, intertwines with that of his young adult daughter, Deborah Good, as he fights the cancer that will kill him while telling the stories of seven projects, communities, and organizations (including Washington Community Scholars Center of Eastern Mennonite University) he has cared about. The resulting memoir provides an unusual combination of a father’s history-telling with a daughter’s personal journey of remembrance, loss, and grief.

Comment: Long After I’m Gone is, at its heart, a love story.”
—John Stahl-Wert, in the Foreword

“One farmer, four tumultuous decades, and seven hefty projects to build urban communities on a sustainable scale—this is a story that crosses the generations—a father’s gift that keeps on giving through his daughter.”
—N. Gerald Shenk, Professor of Church & Society, Eastern Mennonite Seminary

“A winsome and compelling story tenderly told in the voices of a father and his young adult daughter, reflecting on his life of creative service, on roads less travelled , from rural Pennsylvania to Washington, D.C.”
—Verle and Vivian Headings, Rolling Ridge Study Retreat Community

"An intimate, honest, and heartfelt portrait of a quiet hero—and a thoughtful meditation on building community in today's world. Thank you, Nelson and Deborah."
—Daniel Charles, Contributor, National Public Radio; Author, Master Mind: The Rise and Fall of Fritz Haber

“There is uncanny power in hearing two voices in a specific corner of the world—father, daughter—reflect honestly on his life against the relentless backdrop of death. When you finish this book, you will feel that you have been given tools to live your life better."
—Dee Dee Risher, former Editor, The Other Side magazine; Faith-Based Activist and Poet

Market: Anyone interested in a moving account of a daughter’s love for a father, both in life and then in death, and in the story of Nelson Good and his Mennonite-related ministries.

Shelving: Autobiography/memoir—religious, Anabaptist, Mennonite;  BISAC: Autobiography. RTM: 170 Autobiography; 690 Religion/Ethics.

The Author: Deborah Good is a writer, editor, and, currently, a student and research assistant at Temple University, where she is pursuing a Master of Social Work. Her short essays and poetry have appeared in What Mennonites Are Thinking 2002 (Good Books), Crossroads, The Other Side, and Dreamseeker Magazine.

Publisher: Cascadia Publishing House
Imprint: DreamSeeker Books
Tentative Copublisher: Herald Press, Scottdale, PA
Publication date: February 2009
Approximate Pages: 208
Tentative Format: 5.5 x 8.5" trade paper
Prices: $13.95 US/Can. ISBN 13: 978-1-931038-55-3; ISBN 10: 1-931038-55-4


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