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The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir

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Before Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich begins a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana, working to help defend men accused of murder, she thinks her position is clear. The child of two lawyers, she is staunchly anti-death penalty. But the moment convicted murderer Ricky Langley’s face flashes on the screen as she reviews old tapes―the moment she hears him speak of his crimes―s ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Flatiron Books
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Jessica Woodbury
Writing true crime nonfiction is a delicate task. I don't think most authors in the genre treat it delicately enough. I used to be a public defender, so I don't tend to romanticize crimes or criminals, to me they are regular people, not all that different from anyone else. Victims are just people, too. But in true crime sometimes it feels like it is not about real people and instead it's about characters and stories. I have trouble reading that kind of book because I cannot forget that these are ...more
Mike Scalise
Jan 15, 2017 Mike Scalise rated it it was amazing
If you are a fan of true crime, this book is excellent. If you are a fan of memoir, this book is excellent. If you are a fan of legal thrillers, this book is excellent. If you are a fan of beautiful language, this book is excellent. If you are a fan of page-turners, this book is excellent. If you are a fan of boundlessly empathetic storytelling and brilliant questions about the meaning of acceptance, this book is excellent. If you are a fan of a scene in which one character manages, maybe, to ha ...more
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Jan 11, 2017 Andrew rated it really liked it
Basically a true-story thriller as the author alternates between her work on a death-row case and her own discovery of the law. A genuine page-turner.

***Some mild trigger warnings. The case in question is a child molestation case, and the author does discuss her own abuse. Not grisly or overly graphic, but it's there.***
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Dec 17, 2016 Nancy Trypuc rated it it was amazing
An immersive true crime memoir that is so well written! Intimate yet global, covering themes of forgiveness, truth, and storytelling.
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Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich is the author of THE FACT OF A BODY: A Murder and a Memoir, which will be published by Flatiron Books (Macmillan) in May 2017. It is also forthcoming from publishers internationally. A National Endowment for the Arts fellow and Rona Jaffe Award recipient, she has twice been a fellow at both MacDowell and Yaddo. Her essays appear in The New York Times, Oxford American, ...more
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