The Red Parts

The Red Parts

Late in 2004, Maggie Nelson was looking forward to the publication of her book Jane: A Murder, a narrative in verse about the life and death of her aunt, who had been murdered thirty-five years before. The case remained unsolved, but Jane was assumed to have been the victim of an infamous serial killer in Michigan in 1969.

Then, one November afternoon, Nelson received a call from her mother, who announced that the case had been reopened; a new suspect would be arrested… (more)

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Powerful and seeringly honest, it is a deeply personal account of a family’s grief, a wound reopened after 35 years. It also reveals a society obsessed with murder but unable to confront either its causes or its agonising effects.

In writing “The Red Parts,” Nelson has made her own box holding the fragments of many things. It’s not a beautiful object, but a valuable, coolly shimmering one, which captures the raw bewilderment that can affect a family for generations after a violent loss.

This is the beauty of this sparse book. Although it can be classified as true crime, The Red Parts has none of the trappings of a whodunit. It doesn’t look for answers, it just looks unflinchingly at the wreckage, the loss, the love and the fear. It bears witness.

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Publisher: Graywolf Press (April 05, 2016)

Collection: Graywolf Press

Language: English

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