Marie Lisette Rimer grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and gravitated to New England for a BA and MA in Secondary Education at the University of Connecticut. She was a publicist in the Connecticut legislature and then taught English and journalism at Rectory School in Pomfret, Connecticut. The joy of three children and country living with her husband Robert Wood were shattered by the suicide death of her youngest son, Patrick Wood. She began a search to learn why—at first through Patrick’s life and then through the ravages of depression and her mother’s similar death. Years of questions resulted in her first book. Back From Suicide is the story of life after tragedy. It is the fall from grace and the search for respite through understanding.
Back From Suicide: Before and After the Essential Patrick
Back From Suicide is a memoir of the least likely person to kill himself. Patrick Wood was a valedictorian, an AP Scholar, and a National Merit Scholarship winner with perfect SAT scores. He graduated with honors from Stanford and was a top programming intern at Siemens when he plugged every opening in his Berlin apartment bathroom and lit three pans of charcoal. The decade-long search for answers reveals Pat’s gay life in Berlin, the disease of depression, and a rebuilding through questions that have more power than answers. Back From Suicide exposes the pathology that leads to fatal desperation.