Hemchand Gossai's A Requiem for Neil is the poignant true story of his brother, Neil-a man who died young and will be forever remembered as such.
Neil Gossai was born mentally challenged. Growing up in Guyana, Neil never learned to speak and was never taught how to experience and enter the social world. Although Neil grew to be a physically strong young man, Gossai never really knew his brother. They never played together, shared secrets and never expressed affection for one another.
Gossai's beautiful narration is one of faint stirrings of memories-a brother that some considered a "madman." Gossai's riveting account is one that most of us have never experienced-to have a family member that no one can quite remember-his life or his death-no records and no photographs exist.
Does a madman need affection? Would it have made a difference if Neil had? What about Neil's voice-doesn't he deserve one-to know that he too once lived?
Gossai's novel is peppered with nostalgic regrets and a beautifully bittersweet acceptance of a brother who lived and died in the shadows-it is Neil's story and his voice. This passionate and wonderful story will find a place in your heart and in your soul.
Dr. Hemchand Gossai is a writer and university professor. He has written several scholarly books and articles and a nonfiction memoir, River Crossings that inspired this tribute to his brother, Neil.
His most recent book, The Hebrew Prophets After the Shoah has received wide acclaim for its currency and striking clarity in challenging conventions.
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