Today’s GalleyCrush is Natasha Trethewey’s Memorial Drive, forthcoming from Ecco on July 28, 2020.
Perfect pitch: “A chillingly personal and exquisitely wrought memoir of a daughter reckoning with the brutal murder of her mother at the hands of her former stepfather, and the moving, intimate story of a poet coming into her own in the wake of a tragedy.”
First lines: “Three weeks after my mother is dead I dream of her: We walk a rutted path, an oval track around which we are making our slow revolution: side by side, so close our shoulders nearly touch, neither of us speaking, both of us in our traces.”
Book notes: Hardcover, biography & autobiography, 224 pages.
Author bio: Natasha Trethewey, nineteeth Poet Laureate of the United States, is the author of five collections of poetry, as well as a book of creative nonfiction. She is currently Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University. In 2007 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her collection Native Guard.