Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich: The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir | Regulator Bookshop | Readings & Signings | Indy Week
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Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich: The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir 

When: Sat., May 20, 7 p.m. 2017
Price: Free

In her new book, The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich strikes a "shrewd and graceful" balance between "autobiography and journalism, documentary and imagination, witnessing and reckoning, the tender and terrible." This is from one who knows a thing or two about those balancing acts in creative nonfiction, the formidable Argonauts author Maggie Nelson. Before she took a summer job at a Louisiana law firm, Marzano-Lesnevich was certain in her stance against the death penalty. But her sympathies start to blur as she delves deeper into the case of convicted murderer Ricky Langley—a delving that also winds up leading her into the dark heart of her own family past. The Fact of a Body complicates standard pieties about forgiveness and the criminal justice system. If you were primed for a good reading this week but didn't get tickets to Diane Rehm's appearance at Meredith College before it sold out, don't miss this. —Brian Howe

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