Author Joel Bernard Explores How Children Internalize Death

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Based on real events, ‘Sometimes’ looks at how early experiences with loss and grief can last a lifetime.

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Remember childhood. Many of our most valuable lessons on dealing with others and situations were learned during our formative years. - Joel Bernard

Author Joel Bernard explores how early experiences with death can be internalized for a lifetime in his thoughtful new novel, “Sometimes” (published by AuthorHouse).

When the 10-year-old narrator begins to have his first real experiences with death, his world is changed forever. It begins when a dog is run over and killed. Shortly thereafter, the protagonist’s friend, Ralph, is also run over – and the neighborhood children believe it is the same car.

“Sometimes” focuses on the relationship between the narrator and his best friend, Butcher, as they cope with the aftermath of these deaths and attempt to understand them and make sense of the whole thing.

“Remember childhood,” Bernard writes. “Many of our most valuable lessons on dealing with others and situations were learned during our formative years.”

An excerpt from “Sometimes”:

“To a child death is but an illusion, a mysterious portal that when looked into for truth finds more questions than answers.”

By Joel Bernard
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 148 pages | ISBN 9781491810873
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 148 pages | ISBN 9781491810897
E-Book | ISBN 9781491810880
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Joel Bernard grew up in south Minneapolis in a working-class neighborhood and spent his free time in the local park, playing sports and hanging out on the playground equipment with his friends. Since then, he’s lived in many places but has always taken the experiences learned there with him. He now spends his time wandering the mesas of New Mexico, discovering why it is called the “Land of Enchantment.”

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