Review: Edwidge Danticat’s The Art of Death and Julia Cooper’s The Last Word offer clear-eyed ruminations on dying

The Art of : Writing the Final Story Graywolf, 181 pages, $19.50 The Word: Reviving the Dying Art of Eulogy Coach House , 115 pages, $14.95 Early on in The Art of , Danticat invokes the stirring words of Toni Morrison’s 1993 Nobel lecture: “We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our .” Morrison also appears on the very first page of Julia Cooper’s whip-smart rumination on , The Last Word . time it’s Shadrack, from Sula , a former soldier concocts his own grim celebration of suicide; a “DIY death parade,” as Cooper writes, to enflesh point that, “if you want the space to ruminate on death, dying and loss, you’ve got to sanction it yourself.” Cooper’s mother succumbed to cancer in 2004, Danticat’s mother was diagnosed with the disease in 2014 – a decade’s berth between respective passings. Now both have published books that offer trenchant, clear-eyed looks at dying and what it feels like to live in the tumbling morass of grief that the loss of a love one. As Mary Gordon writes in Circling […]

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