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The Wet Wound: An Elegy in Essays (Crux: The Georgia Series in Literary Nonfiction Ser.)

The Wet Wound: An Elegy in Essays (Crux: The Georgia Series in Literary Nonfiction Ser.)

Author: Norris

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ISBN-13: 9780820366685

ISBN-10: 820366684.0

Language: English

Category: Family & Relationships / Death, Grief, Bereavement

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This debut essay collection is inspired by the grief Maddie Norris experienced in the wake of her father's death from cancer when she was seventeen. Norris uses a medical lens to examine the anguish that followed and likens mourning to wound care.

These linked essays examine grief from different angles, resulting in a multilayered exploration of why, contrary to popular belief, keeping wounds open is the best way to care for them physically and emotionally. Norris approaches the narrative through various topics--the investigation of body preservation, the history of skin grafts, and a deep dive into physical pain--all of them related to how she carries this fundamental loss.

By centering on the importance of mourning (a long-term practice frowned upon in Western culture), the essays unsettle conventional wisdom as the text pushes against the stereotypical notion of "letting go" and "moving on." The Wet Wound: An Elegy in Essays thus unpacks the question: What happens when, instead of following steps prescribed by those outside loss, we let ourselves dwell in grief?
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