The Guardians: An Elegy for a Friend

The Guardians: An Elegy for a Friend

by Sarah Manguso

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The Guardians: An Elegy for a Friend by Sarah Manguso

"An unidentified white man was struck and instantly killed by a Metro-North train last night," reported the July 24, 2008, edition of the Riverdale Press. This man was named Harris, and The Guardians—written in the years after he escaped from a psychiatric hospital and ended his life—is Sarah Manguso's heartbreaking elegy.

Harris was a man who "played music, wrote software, wrote music, learned to drive, went to college, went to bed with girls." In The Guardians, Manguso grieves not for family or for a lover, but for a best friend. With startling humor and candor, she paints a portrait of a friendship between a man and a woman—in all its unexpected detail—and shows that love and grief do not always take the shapes we expect them to.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250024152
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 645,607
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.28(d)

About the Author

Sarah Manguso is the author of a memoir, The Two Kinds of Decay; two books of poetry, Siste Viator and The Captain Lands in Paradise; and a short-story collection, Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape.

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