Bough Down: “This exquisite book is an impressionistic miracle”

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April 13th, 2013

 

(Preview) Bough Down by Karen Green

LOS ANGELES TIMES

DAVID ULIN

Originally published March 8, 2013

 “Bough Down” by Karen Green

This exquisite book is an impressionistic miracle, an assemblage of short text fragments and collages by an artist trying to make sense of her husband’s suicide. That this husband was David Foster Wallace is beautifully beside the point, for the focus here is on the experience, the bleak and necessary journey of grief. Green is a pointed writer, open and at a distance all at once. The effect is unsettling, elliptical, necessarily open-ended and at times brutally revealing: a necessary explication of loss as a fact of daily life.

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