Henri's Last Gift
Something terrible happened when Josh Bencet was ten years old, and it’s left him guarded, repressed, and unable to share—even with his beloved wife, Jackie, or Henri, his de facto father. But when Henri is dying and asks Josh to take care of his things, Josh’s attempt to comply causes a massive, unexpected reaction, which leaves him comatose.
For two weeks, Josh withdraws into a dream state that no one can penetrate – a world where ghosts invade his consciousness and the past is his only contact with reality. It’s a voyage of visions in a dimension only frequented in dreams and fantasy, where time and space are like a child’s playthings – mutable, manageable, and infinitely elastic.
With cinematic visuals, great heart, and wildly creative imagination, Henri’s Last Gift is not only a moving story about a man who changes from being emotionally shut-down to becoming ready to seize all life has to offer – it’s a highly entertaining, intellectually-engaging reflection on life’s deeper meanings. It will appeal to anyone with an open mind and an interest in the unusual.
…interactions with his parents are conveyed in intimate, subtle terms … the descriptions of AfterL are entertaining and imaginative …Henri’s Last Gift, [is] a playful psychological novel that reframes life’s hardest moments as opportunities for healing.” —Foreword Clarion Reviews
Jaitour’s take on life after death is detailed and refreshing. A fascinating novel about a much-talked-about but little-known subject." —Sheila Martindale, former poetry editor of Canadian Author, and past editor of Island Writer