The Red Parts

The Red Parts

Autobiography of A Trial

Book - 2016
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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 and tried on the basis of a DNA match. Over the months that followed, Nelson found herself attending the trial with her mother and reflecting anew on the aura of dread and fear that hung over her family and childhood--an aura that derived not only from the terrible facts of her aunt's murder but also from her own complicated journey through sisterhood, daughterhood, and girlhood.

The Red Parts is a memoir, an account of a trial, and a provocative essay that interrogates the American obsession with violence and missing white women, and that scrupulously explores the nature of grief, justice, and empathy.

Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2016]
Edition: Paperback edition
ISBN: 9781555977368
Branch Call Number: 362.88 N335R 2016
Characteristics: xvii, 201 pages ; 21 cm


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Sep 17, 2018

Having read a profile of this writer in the New Yorker I was interested in reading her work. This book does not disappoint and it's not surprising that she was profiled in such an artful, prestigious magazine. This author, raised in Marin County, is intelligent, interesting, and a very good writer. I zipped through this book and look forward to reading more by her. Equal parts memoir and mindful exploration, that might not sound interesting, but it proves to be very much so. Recommended!


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