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Join us in celebrating the launch of local writer Gail Griffin's stunning new memoir.

Gail Griffin had only been married for four months when her husband's body was found in the Manistee River, just a few yards from their cabin door. The terrain of memoir is full of stories of grief, though Grief's Country: A Memoir in Pieces is less concerned with the biography of a love affair than with the lived phenomenon of grief itself-what it does to the mind, heart, and body; how it functions almost as an organism. The book's intimacy is at times nearly disarming; its honesty about struggling through grief's country is unfailing.

The story is told "in pieces" in that it is ten essays of varying forms, punctuated by four original poems, that examine facets of traumatic grief, memory, and survival. While a reader will perceive a forward trajectory, the book resists anything like a clear chronology, offering a picture of deep grief as something that defies the linear and explodes time. Grief's Country will speak directly to anyone who has lost a dearly loved one, offering not one story but ten different faces of grief to contemplate.

Gail Griffin spent her first 36 years in Kalamazoo teaching at Kalamazoo College, an experience which generated two of her books: Calling: Essays on Teaching in the Mother Tongue, an account of coming to feminism through the classroom, and the more recent "The Events of October": Murder-Suicide on a Small Campus, which explored the murder of a K student by her ex-boyfriend in 1999. Gail’s award-winning essays and poetry have appeared widely in journals and anthologies including The Missouri Review, The Georgia Review, New Ohio Review, and Fresh Water: Women Writing on the Great Lakes.

Event date:
Monday, March 23, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Event address:
3019 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Monday, March 23, 2020
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Grief's Country

A Memoir in Pieces

Gail Griffin

An intimate look at widowhood.

Available March 2020
ISBN: 9780814347393
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