“A brave, candid, moving and very well-written memoir of Mary Rockefeller Morgan's life struggle with "twin loss" after the tragic disappearance fifty years ago off the New Guinea coast of her twin brother Michael.”

— Peter Mathiessen two-time winner of the National Book Award on Beginning with the End

Beginning with the End

ISBN: 9781936467396

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Beginning with the End

by Mary Morgan

In1961, Michael Rockefeller, son of then-governor of New York State Nelson A. Rockefeller, mysteriously disappeared off the remote coast of southern New Guinea. Amidst the glare of international public interest, the governor, along with his daughter Mary, Michael’s twin, set off on a futile search, only to return empty handed and empty hearted. What followed were Mary’s 27-year repression of her grief and an unconscious denial of her twin’s death, which haunted her relationships and controlled her life.

In this startlingly frank and moving memoir, Mary R. Morgan struggles to claim an individual identity, which enables her to face Michael’s death and the huge loss it engendered. With remarkable honesty, she shares her spiritually evocative healing journey and her story of moving forward into a life of new beginnings and meaning, especially in her work with others who have lost a twin.