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    • 564 pages
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  • Keywords
    • Loss of a child,
    • Grief,
    • Cancer,
    • Iconoclasm,
    • Fighting convention,
    • Family Teenagers,
    • Memoir

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Squirrel At My Throat
Living and Dying Unconventionally in a Conventional World
by Tanja Zientara

Tanja and Matt, two high school teachers, have full and wildly unconventional lives. They travel a lot with their two boys and, as the kids get older and take up heavy metal music, their house is rocking with crazy, wild bands almost all the time. But when Nick, their older boy, gets diagnosed with cancer at the age of seventeen, their lives take a horrific turn. Powerfully and heart-wrenchingly narrated, Squirrel At My Throat explores the difficulties of being a non-conformist in a conventional society, the joy and horror of raising children as well as the extremes of all that life has to offer, from moments of exquisite happiness to the utmost despair, all done with great honesty as well as a vast amount of personal experience. The author puts forth unique perspectives on parenting, family, life and death that may offer comfort and assistance to all those struggling to survive in a world that dismisses anything that doesn’t fit into a neat and comfortable box.

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Tanja Zientara is a secondary school English teacher married to a secondary school physics teacher, Matthew Greeson. They each have multiple university degrees in their respective subject areas. They have two sons, Nicholas and Vincent, as well as many dogs and cats. They thrive on travel, reading (they are lifelong learners), the outdoors, exercise, music, friendship, family as well as community. They have taught and traveled all over the world. In the past, they never took one single moment for granted. Every day and every second was celebrated with immense joie de vivre and huge integrity. Carpe Diem was always their life motto. They currently live in Byron, a subdivision just on the outskirts of London, Ontario.


Tanja Zientara
Matthew Greeson

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