I don't tend to read too much nonfiction. I don't know why, because a lot of it is so, so good. I need to make that a resolution as well, to pick up more nonfiction. Especially the true crime stuff.
So I was listening to a podcast (OPEN BOOK with Maggie Downs and Tod Goldberg, in case you're interested) and Maggie mentioned this book several times--THE FACT OF A BODY by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich. I'd also seen this book a lot on Instagram, where I spend an OBSCENE amount of time looking at photos of books posed with flowers and candles and dogs...and oh, pretty much anything else you can imagine.
The book had been highly recommended on a podcast I like.
The cover is awesome.
It was published by Flatiron Books, who also publish ME.
So, I was in.
Without sounding too much like a book report, the book is split into two different storylines--one is about the murder of a young child in Louisiana. The other is about the author's own childhood abuse at the hands of her grandfather. It asks a lot of questions: Does trauma one person experiences pass on through a generation? Why do pedophiles and murderers do the things they do? How can a person live through terrible things and emerge whole, but scarred?
I read the entire thing in 1 day, although I had to take several breaks because I would start to get upset and anxious. Good writing gives me a visceral reaction, and I'd have to put this one down and walk away for a bit before coming back.