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  • A harrowing but clear-eyed examination of crime's emotional fallout

    David Nicholls
  • Maggie Nelson’s short, singular books feel pretty light in the hand... But in the head and the heart, they seem unfathomably vast, their cleverness and odd beauty lingering on...her work is blazingly intimate

    Rachel Cooke, Observer
  • Powerful and searingly honest

  • Remarkable. I'm still reeling from its exhilarating brilliance

    Claire-Louise Bennett
  • A book-long riff on the first-person essay that Joan Didion built... Nelson eschews tidy resolution. She argues that stories are by nature imperfect – and yet she also shows us how they can become totally worthwhile

    Time Out

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