“Goneboy: A Walkabout”
was selected for Publisher’s Weekly “Best Books of 1999”
…a poignant, insightful and admirably honest chronicle of a father’s attempts to make sense – in both large and small ways – of his son’s murder… “Gone Boy” is a real-life detective story.
Gibson is one of those rare birds whose humanism is a result of his innate curiosity about people. He’s not interested in demonizing anyone, and he readily admits how people confound his expectations. To his great credit, despite his grief, Gibson writes about everyone he meets as an irreducibly complex human being…
“It is must reading for everyone troubled by the epidemic of shootings .”
…as timely as it is good . . .a searching, informative and ultimately deeply moving exploration…
~Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)
This book should be seriously considered by education professionals, as well as by violence survivors who might benefit from Gibson’s singular odyssey.
…Sad, sometimes funny, beautifully written. . . and ultimately triumphant, this is the story of a father’s journey through grief and his refusal to be destroyed by it…
~This review ran in the Atlanta Constitution Herald Tribune, Sarasota, FL, the Reporter-Telegram, Midland, TX. and the Arizona Republic
Gregory Gibson is a fine writer whose work rivals the subtleties of Norman Mailer’s best fiction. He is a wonderful reporter. But his spiritual strength and openness through his ordeal is why, as Gibson says, “the story redeems the experience.”