Wednesday, October 11, 2023

The Loved Ones: Essays to Bury the Dead #BookTober

The Loved Ones: Essays to Bury the Dead

About The Book:
There are so many ways to bury the dead. In an autobiographical series of essays, The Loved Ones explores the deaths of four family members across three generations: an inexplicable double murder, a fatal car accident, a long illness, and a conscripted solider killed in action. Piece by piece, each essay explores the death a loved one in a collage of vignettes: the loss, the aftermath, the funerals, and the rituals used to say goodbye to the body. As the investigation deepens, Davis lines up other forms of death - capital punishment and murder; medically-assisted suicide and “natural” death from disease; military conscription and “freak accident” - to see what comes to the surface. The Loved Ones is about the intricate reality of grief, the instability of time and memory in the face of loss, and the feeling of being left behind still living. It asks, what does it mean to bury our loved ones when our only desire is to never let them go?

My Thoughts:
I had a hard time reading this, as so many of the situations hit home with me - as you know if you are normal reader of mine. But I did get through it and I am glad I did. I applaud the author for being so open and raw. And it is a reality - grief. We just need to learn to not let it be a way of life.

About The Author:
Madison Davis is a writer and editor based in Oakland, California. She is the author of Disaster and The Loved Ones. Madison’s work can also be found in a few magazines and anthologies and many more files on her computer. Madison received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College in 2009 where she studied poetry and music. In 2011, she moved from New York to Oakland to attend Mills College where she graduated with an MFA in poetry in 2013. She is currently an associate editor at New Harbinger Publications.

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