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The Depositions - New and Selected Essays on Being and Ceasing to Be, Hardback Book

The Depositions - New and Selected Essays on Being and Ceasing to Be Hardback


For nearly four decades, poet, essayist, and small- town funeral director Thomas Lynch has probed relations between the literary and mortuary arts.

His life's work with the dead and the bereaved has informed four previous collections of nonfiction, each exploring identity and humanity with Lynch's signature blend of memoir, meditation, gallows humor, and poetic precision. The Depositions provides an essential selection from these masterful collections, as well as new essays in which the space between Lynch's hyphenated identities-as an Irish American, undertaker-poet-is narrowed by the deaths of poets, the funerals of friends, the loss of neighbors, intimate estrangements, and the slow demise of a beloved dog.

Meanwhile, the press of the author's own mortality sharpens a curiosity about where we come from, where we go, and what it means.

In The Depositions, Lynch continues to illuminate not only how we die, but also how we live.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
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  • ISBN: 9781324003977



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