A Lyric Memoir

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A gripping verse memoir that offersa compassionate and wrenchingaccount of the author’s experienceof childhood sexual abuse.

Baker & Taylor
A poet, visual artist and founding editor of a literary journal recounts through lyric and verse his harrowing childhood experience of being sexually and psychologically abused by a camp counselor who was also a close friend of his parents.

& Taylor

"Joshua Mensch's devastating debut, Because, is a "disturbing, memorably and superbly handled book- length narrative poem" (Steph Burt). It tells the story of Don, the charming, enigmatic director of a youth wilderness camp who befriends, and preys on, the young boys in his care. Unfolding through a series of individual encounters, Because renders the shifting landscapes of childhood memory with vividness and precision, building a tale that is powerful, complex, and heartbreaking. If I had a thousand tongues. I could tell a thousand different stories and all of them would be true; "An achievement of sustained attention and imagination."-- Michael Collier "Compelling, complex, and empathic. . . . [Because] moves as if in a present tense: memory in a living moment."-- Stanley Plumly"--
Uses lyric and verse to describe the author's experiences being abused sexually and psychologically by the director of his youth wilderness camp.

Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780393635225
Branch Call Number: 92 M5282b 2018
Characteristics: vii, 128 pages ; 22 cm


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