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The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir [9781509805624]

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The gripping true story of a young law student, an unspeakable crime and a past that refuses to stay buried. When Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich begins a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana, working on the retrial defence of a death-row convicted murderer and child molester Ricky Langley, she is staunchly anti-death penalty. But as soon as she watches footage of Ricky talking about his crimes, she has a shocking realization: she wants him to die.

As Alexandria pores over the facts of the murder, delving deeper and deeper into Ricky's difficult and unhappy childhood, she is also forced to face her own story, to unearth long-buried family secrets, to reckon with how her own past colours her view of his crime.

The Fact of a Body is a heart-stopping account of how crime, even the darkest and most appalling acts, can happen to any one of us. It is also proof that the truth - and how we reveal it - is more complicated, and powerful, than we could ever imagine.

'The Fact of a Body is excellent, so gripping and fascinating' - Sophie Hannah, author of The Carrier and The Monogram Murders

'This book is a marvel. With unflinching precision and immense compassion, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich peels apart both a murder case and her own experience to reveal how we try to make sense of the past. The Fact of a Body is equal parts gripping and haunting and will leave you questioning whether any one story can hold the full truth' - Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You

'The Fact of a Body is a remarkable act of witness, an anatomy of silence and the violence it abets, a book of both public and private accountings . . . This is a profound and riveting book' - Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You


AUTHOR: Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich is a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in creative writing, an award given for her work on The Fact of a Body. Other honours in support of this, her first book, include a Rona Jaffe Award, a scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, as well as fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, Millay Colony for the Arts, Blue Mountain Center and Yaddo. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in the New York Times, Oxford American, Salon and the anthology True Crime. She has a JD from Harvard, an MFA from Emerson and a BA from Columbia University. Alexandria currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she teaches memoir writing at Grub Street and teaches graduate public policy students at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
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18-May-2017
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