Abstract

Abstract:

Using two books by Maggie Nelson, Jane: A Murder and The Red Parts, Levitt dissects revelations about her own grief. The essay charts the ways in which Nelson’s examination of a violent loss in her family, through both fiction and non-fiction, provide investigative models, leave inspiring thoughts, and gives general guidance to Levitt as she reckons with her own familial pain. Part literary analysis, part spiritual essay, Levitt’s essay covers various themes of religion, family, investigation, and hope.

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