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The Art of Death by Edwidge Danticat
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really liked it
bookshelves: craft-books, vcfa-bibliography, wndb

Danticat is brilliant and takes us on a tour of literary death that is nonpareil, examining death, suicide, and near-death with a lens both personal and extremely literary (heavy on Morrison and Hurston, and justufiably so). She tells us what great art does to bring death near and to keep it at bay, and her insight is some of the best craft advice I could have gotten writing a book whose protagonist lost her mom and is losing her dad.

But it is the final chapters of this book in which she begins to _show_ us the art of death by writing the deaths of her parents in prayer, story, poem, and ritual. I wept openly as the book moved from theory and analysis into mastery of the form—not because it was artful, though it was, but because it did what all great writing about death does. It brought me closer to my deaths: both the losses I’ve survived and my own future expiration date.
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March 4, 2018 – Shelved
March 4, 2018 – Shelved as: craft-books
March 4, 2018 – Shelved as: vcfa-bibliography
March 4, 2018 – Shelved as: wndb
March 4, 2018 – Finished Reading

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