Hettienne Sheehy is about to inherit this devouring legacy.
It covers a decade in the lives of an American journalist and a Polish small businessman turned petty criminal and the wrenching aftermath of an accidental, tragic encounter between these two on a snowy night in 2006 on the outskirts of Krakow., inaugural winner of the Canto Mundo Poetry Prize, is a pilgrimage against sorrow. "Catherwood’s limitless empathy—for those close to him as well as strangers—informs every line of these poems, bringing the balm of grace to pain, transforming grief to illumination, granting understanding to poet and reader.”offer bright glimpses into a richly lived life, combining the compression of poetry with the truth-telling of nonfiction into one heartfelt, celebratory book.
Erupting from a mother’s death, the poems follow the speaker as he tries to survive his grief. Ranging from childhood recollections to quirky cultural observations, these micro-memoirs build on one another to arrive at a portrait of Beth Ann Fennelly as a wife, mother, writer, and deeply original observer of life’s challenges and joys.
Some pieces are wistful, some wry, and many reveal the humor buried in our everyday interactions.
It is a dark, beautifully rendered, and gripping novel about coping, about coming-of-age, and about forgiveness.
It is also a beautiful illustration of how one family, broken by tragedy, finds healing.