The Lesser Tragedy of Death

The Lesser Tragedy of Death

by Cristina Garcia, Chris Abani
     
 

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"[A] brave and moving tribute to a brother gone astray; with skill, unflinching honesty, and redemptive compassion, Cristina García tracks his marvelous, complex, and errant life. . . . These poems are the beautiful, painful, astonishing result of a journey to hell and back in search of the brother she loves. With this first book of poems, García, one of

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"[A] brave and moving tribute to a brother gone astray; with skill, unflinching honesty, and redemptive compassion, Cristina García tracks his marvelous, complex, and errant life. . . . These poems are the beautiful, painful, astonishing result of a journey to hell and back in search of the brother she loves. With this first book of poems, García, one of our best novelists and storytellers, proves herself to be a talented poet as well."—Julia Alvarez, author of Saving the World

Cristina García is the author of several novels—including Dreaming in Cuban—anthologies, and books for young readers. A National Book Award nominee, she is also a visiting professor and Black Mountain Institute teaching fellow in creative writing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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Library Journal
In her lyrical fiction debut, Dreaming in Cuban, Garcia beautifully conveyed the disjointed emotions—resentment, lament, despondency—that strike the loved ones of addicts. The poems in this first collection are separated into the years that the narrator's brother lives and, eventually, dies. The theme may be universal, but the story is far from common, as each poem paints a series of foreboding moments that compound with the anguish of the troubled brother seemingly doomed to failure: "The deluxe world we live in/ was crumbling. Who had time to welcome/ one small boy?" Garcia is at her strongest in the first half of the collection as she describes the roots of the addict's slow, pitiable descent. But the alienable voice and disengaged forms in the second half are still remarkable: "I don't know where he came from he doesn't feel apart of me I get so upset thinking about him." VERDICT While not as raw as Last Call: Poems on Addiction, Alcoholism, and Deliverance, edited by Sarah Gorham, this work is more melodic and personal and will appeal to connoisseurs of contemporary poetry.—Ashanti White, Univ. of North Carolina at Greensboro

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936070015
Publisher:
Akashic Books
Publication date:
05/01/2010
Series:
Black Goat Series
Pages:
95
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author


Cristina García is the author of several novels-including Dreaming in Cuban and A Handbook to Luck-anthologies, and books for young readers. The Lesser Tragedy of Death is her first collection of poetry. García's work has been nominated for a National Book Award and translated into a dozen languages. Chris Abani, curator of Akashic's Black Goat poetry imprint, is a Nigerian poet and novelist and the author of Song for Night, The Virgin of Flames, Becoming Abigail, and GraceLand (a selection of the Today Show Book Club; winner of the 2005 PEN/Hemingway Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award).

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