Coping with the suicide of a loved one is arguably the hardest thing we face. You search for signs you missed, cope with changes in your own life as a result, and try to come to terms with a question you may never have the answer to.  Author A.W. Barnes and his older brother Mike were saddled with the challenge of being gay while raised in a large, conservative midwest family, until tragedy struck, as Mike took his own life.  The Dark Eclipse: Reflections on Suicide and Absence is A.W. ‘s collection of personal essays, written to reflect on and share his experiences in what he hopes is a cathartic path to reconciliation by helping others recover from similar loss.

A.W. Barnes has a Ph.D. in English Literature and an MFA in Creative Writing. His nonfiction  has appeared in numerous publications, and he’s the academic author of Post-Closet Masculinities in Early Modern England.