You Will Not Have My Hate - Antoine Leiris
Author: Antoine Leiris ; translated by Sam Taylor
Genre: Memoir, Non-Fiction
Description: On 13 November 2015, Antoine Leiris’s wife, Hélène, was killed, along with 88 other people at the Bataclan Theatre in Paris, when three men armed with guns and suicide bombs opened fire on the unsuspecting crowd at a rock concert. Three days later, Leiris, a young journalist, wrote an open letter on Facebook addressed to his wife’s killers. Leiris refused to be cowed or to let his 17-month-old son’s life be defined by Hélène’s murder. He refused to let the killers have their way. ‘For as long as he lives, this little boy will insult you with his happiness and freedom,’ he wrote. Instantly, that short Facebook post caught fire. It was shared over two hundred thousand times and was reported on all over the world. In his beautiful and moving defiance of the terrorists who had killed his wife, Leiris became an international hero to everyone searching desperately for a way to deal with the horror of the attacks. (via Goodreads)
Thoughts: I don't know if saying that I enjoyed a memoir about a husband going through the early stages of grieving of his wife is appropriate. It was definitely poignant, even though it was a short read. I got a sense of him trying to make things as normal as possible for his young son, Melvil, who was about 17 months at the time. I don't think words can really describe how it felt to read this book.
Bottom line: A powerful, but short book and alters how we should act during a time that is becoming incredibly scary. Highly recommended.