Furnishing Eternity by David Giffels audiobook

Furnishing Eternity: A Father, a Son, a Coffin, and a Measure of Life

By David Giffels
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6.29 Hours Unabridged
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David Giffels grew up fascinated by his father's dusty, tool-strewn workshop and the countless creations—both practical and fantastical—it inspired. So when he enlisted his eighty-one-year-old dad for the unusual project of building a casket, he thought of it mostly as a way to learn and to spend time together. Life had other plans. The unexpected death of his mother and, a year later, of his best friend, coupled with turning fifty and the growing realization that his father won't always be around for such offbeat adventures, leads to a harsh confrontation with mortality and loss. In this soulful, panoramic memoir and father-son story, Giffels confronts some of the hardest questions common people face with wisdom and humor, unraveling the absence and presence of the people who define us and taking a true measure of life. Furnishing Eternity is the story of a year brought down by loss, a family finding hope in its roots, and the unexpected epiphanies to be found in the things we build. Heartfelt, unvarnished, and piercing with insight, this powerful memoir is Giffels' most intimate exploration of the values and traditions that illuminate the Midwest.

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Summary

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David Giffels grew up fascinated by his father's dusty, tool-strewn workshop and the countless creations—both practical and fantastical—it inspired. So when he enlisted his eighty-one-year-old dad for the unusual project of building a casket, he thought of it mostly as a way to learn and to spend time together. Life had other plans.

The unexpected death of his mother and, a year later, of his best friend, coupled with turning fifty and the growing realization that his father won't always be around for such offbeat adventures, leads to a harsh confrontation with mortality and loss.

In this soulful, panoramic memoir and father-son story, Giffels confronts some of the hardest questions common people face with wisdom and humor, unraveling the absence and presence of the people who define us and taking a true measure of life. Furnishing Eternity is the story of a year brought down by loss, a family finding hope in its roots, and the unexpected epiphanies to be found in the things we build. Heartfelt, unvarnished, and piercing with insight, this powerful memoir is Giffels' most intimate exploration of the values and traditions that illuminate the Midwest.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Giffels treats heavy themes with a light touch and deadpan humor, drawing vivid, affectionate portraits of loved ones in the richly textured setting of Akron, Ohio.” Publishers Weekly
“Tender, witty, and, like the woodworking it describes, painstakingly and subtly wrought.” New York Times
“A lifetime’s worth of workbench philosophy in a heartfelt memoir about the connection between a father and son.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: David Giffels

Author Bio: David Giffels

David Giffels is the author of several books, including Furnishing Eternity; The Hard Way on Purpose, nominated for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay; and the memoir All the Way Home, winner of the Ohioana Book Award. His writing has appeared in the New York Times magazine, Atlantic.com, Parade, the Wall Street Journal, Esquire.com, and many other publications. He also was a writer for the MTV series Beavis and Butt-Head. He is an associate professor of English at the University of Akron, where he teaches creative nonfiction in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 6.29
Audience: Adult
Language: English