Good Grief

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creative-nonfiction-logoI wrote an essay that appeared in issue #56 of Creative Nonfiction. It’s about the grief memoirs I read after my dad died five years ago.

Here’s an excerpt:

In the months after he died, I came to envy people who, in the face of hardship, found peace reciting Hail Marys, Kaddishes and mantras. I wished for a string of words, no matter the origin, that might help me make sense of a world without my father in it.

It was literature—not liturgy—that had always brought me comfort, so I searched for my own peace prayer in books.

You can order a copy of issue #56 for $10, or you can read the essay courtesy of this lovely PDF.


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