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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.

Forthcoming Fall 2022

Not the Camilla We Knew: One Woman's Life from Small-town America to the Symbionese Liberation Army


— Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home and Are You My Mother?

Camilla Hall grew up in St. Peter, Minnesota, the daughter of a Lutheran pastor. In many ways, she was like millions of others who came of age in the 1960s: embracing radicalism but not radically so. That changed in 1971, when Camilla moved to Berkeley, California, and met the woman who would eventually introduce her into the Symbionese Liberation Army. By 1974, Camilla had obtained a gun and helped kidnap Patty Hearst, and event that was one of the biggest news stories of the century. The FBI was relentless in chasing down the SLA, and Camilla's life came to a tragic end.

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