The book tells the story of a young father whose wife was killed in
an accident. It is told in the words of the characters who lived it.
On August 21, 2004, Marilyn Jansma stopped to pay toll on a Chicago
highway. Kevin Jansma played blocks with their son, Trey, on the living
room floor. A car mechanic, spent from an all-night birthday
celebration, left work and fell asleep at the wheel. FRAMES presents a
real-life tragedy and its hopeful end by allowing the central characters
to speak for themselves. Firsthand accounts stand side by side, forming
an elegant and complex narrative collage. Interviews with the young
widower and mechanic, as well as excerpts from Marilyn's journals and
other primary source materials, draw the reader in with their highly
personal revelations. Part oral history, part elegy, FRAMES shows that
the many snapshots of our lives rarely stand alone, and one picture of
death, drugs and forgiveness has lessons for us all.
After months of recording their stories and diving into the victim's
journals, Scheer wove first-hand accounts into a side-by-side narrative.