Salt Lake City, UT: University of Utah Press, 2016. First edition. Paperback. New. 257pp. Octavo [22 cm]; black, white and red illustrated wraps. From the back cover:"This is not a memoir. Rather, this is a fraternal meditation... The story is uncertain, the characters are in flux, the voices are plural, the photographs are as troubled as the prose."Thus Scott Abbott introduces the reader to his exploration of the life of his brother John, who died of AIDS in 1991 at forty. Writing about his brother leads to writing about himself and the warm-hearted, educated, and homophobic LDS family that forged the core of his identity.Abbott weaves images and quotations into his reflections, as well as a critical female voice that questions his assertions and ridicules his rhetoric. Moving from the starkness of a morgue autopsy through familial disintegration and adult defiance to culmination in a conversation between brothers, this exquisitely written work will challenge notions of resolution and wholeness.Winner of the book manuscript prize for creative nonfiction in the Utah Arts Council's Original Writing Competition. (Inventory #: 49466)
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