Forces Of Nature

Forces Of Nature: A Memoir of Family, Loss & Finding Home

Gina DeMillo Wagner’s brother Alan had a rare genetic disorder called Prader-Willi Syndrome, which is a rare disorder that keeps Alan childlike and has him go from loving to violent. When Alan died silently, it disrupts Gina’s life pulling her back to memories & the family of her past. Forces Of Nature is about Gina taking on so much at a young age, & her complicated grief, Alan’s Christmas themed funeral and her digging into Alan’s cause of death while also learning to acknowledge her grief and difficult feelings.


Writing & Lessons

Gina is an excellent writer. Even though the book is nonfiction, the words flow beautifully as though it were a fiction novel. I like how the book goes back and forth from the past to the present. This book is an important one to read because we’ve all lost people and sometimes even when we had difficult relationships with them, we still grieve and there’s so many confusing emotions. Theres even thoughts and feelings we have that we don’t always want to acknowledge that we have and that’s okay. I hope Gina writes another memoir going in depth about her journalism career I also liked reading that snippet in the book. I also like that this book touches on a lesser-known disorder known as Prader-Willi Syndrome.




Overall, if you enjoy nonfiction, you want to learn about grief, life & learning to let go, I recommend Forces Of Nature by Gina DeMillo coming out on May 14th