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The Depositions: New and Selected Essays on Being and Ceasing to Be

The Depositions: New and Selected Essays on Being and Ceasing to Be


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Foreword by Alan Ball

“Elegant, respectful and refreshingly funny.” —New York Times Book Review, Editors’ Choice

For nearly four decades, poet, essayist, and small-town funeral director Thomas Lynch has probed relations between the literary and mortuary arts with a signature blend of memoir, meditation, gallows humor, and poetic precision. The Depositions offers a wry and compassionate selection from Lynch’s four previous collections of nonfiction, along with new essays shaped by the press of the author’s own mortality.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393541380
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/30/2021
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 366,252
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Thomas Lynch’s stories, poems, and essays have appeared in Granta, the Atlantic, Harper’s, the New York Times, and elsewhere. His first collection of essays, The Undertaking, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Lynch lives in Milford, Michigan.

Table of Contents

Foreword Alan Ball vii

from The Undertaking

The Undertaking 3

Gladstone 14

Crapper 24

The Right Hand of the Father 36

The Golfatorium 49

Tract 71

from Bodies in Motion and at Rest

Introduction 79

Bodies in Motion and at Rest 87

Fish Stories 92

Y2Kat 98

The Way We Are 124

Reno 142

from Booking Passage

Introduction-The Ethnography of Everyday Life 159

The Brother 180

The Same But Different 199

The Sisters Godhelpus 228

from The Good Funeral

How We Come to Be the Ones We Are 243

The Theory and Practice of Cremation 270

New Essays

Introit 285

Miracles 292

Moveable and Steadfast Feasts 305

Whence & Whither 321

The Done Thing 327

Acknowledgments 339

Permissions Credits 341

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