i loved this book even though the subject matter was dark. partly it was because i identified so strongly with how her mind seemed to be processing the past and the present.
if you are looking to read a straightforward true crime then this isnt for you. it has a very simular feel to "the fact of a body " in that its a multilayered inquiry into tragedy and how it resonates throughout the lives of the people involved within it.
she captures so well how these things can unroot us from the ground we stand upon. my favourite quote reflecting this is "a dark crescent of land, where suffering is essentially meaningless, where the present collapses into the past without warning..............where grief lasts forever and its force never fades"
The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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©2007 Maggie Nelson. Preface to the paperback edition © 2016 by Maggie Nelson (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
|Listening Length||5 hours and 33 minutes|
|Audible.in Release Date||24 March 2016|
|Publisher||Blackstone Audio, Inc.|
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#47 in Serial Killers True Crime
#116 in Murder True Crime
#10,183 in True Accounts (Books)
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Excellent, meditative pieceReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 August 2018
In 1969 Nelson's Aunt Jane was brutally murdered and little progress was made on the case. Then in 2004 Nelson's mother was told that a suspect was in custody. Nelson's book follows the case from this point through to the suspect's trial. Her book is not a dry or sensationalist true crime narrative rather it is a thoughtful, beautifully written set of meditations on the loss of her aunt, the impact on her family, grief and the ways in which the formal justice system can or cannot address these things. The more of Nelson's work I've read the more impressed by her I am, an excellent piece.
InterestingReviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 December 2019
This is a unique look at the attendance at a trial from a family member of a woman who was murdered 35 years earlier. Interesting read
Fascinating and well writtenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 June 2019
I love Maggie Nelson and I found this memoir/investigation fascinating and compelling.
NOT AS GOOD AS "JANE"Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 May 2016
I much prefer Ms Nelson's JANE, her earlier book about her aunt Jane's murder. I was disappointed with The Red Parts as it is so intellectual and less about the heart. That said, Ms Nelson is a wonderful writer and I would recommend anything that she puts pen to.