books




We'll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down: 
Memoir of a Gravedigger's Daughter
Available from the University of Minnesota Press

Finalist in memoir/creative nonfiction category 

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From the University of Minnesota Press catalog:

This book presents the unique, moving perspective of a gravedigger’s daughter and her lifelong relationship with death. It is also a masterful meditation on the living elements of our cemeteries: our neighbors, friends, and families and how these things come together in the eyes of a young girl whose childhood is suffused with death and the wonder of the living. 

Mesmerizing!

 Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home 

and Are You My Mother?


We’ll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down gently untucks dying, death, and mourning from the dark recesses of the drawer we Midwesterners, descendants of the stoic and neat, have kept it. Choice passages of Hanel's story so affected me that my throat went sore swallowing grief. All the while, I had the sense of watching a determined child fall down, scrape her knee, and stand up, lip quivering, eyes glistening but resolute.

Nicole Helget, author of Summer of Ordinary Ways 

and The Turtle Catcher