Warning: once you plunge into Jo Ann Beard’s “Undertaker, Please Drive Slow,” you may never be the same. This chronicle of Cheri Tremble’s two-year odyssey of illness—from the onset of cancer to her decision to contact Dr. Jack Kevorkian and her eventual suicide—is simply life-changing. With remarkable emotional clarity and lyrical brilliance, Beard weaves fact with fiction to push the envelope of narrative non-fiction. We are proud to publish this groundbreaking work. Andre Dubus III makes a passionate case for reading the soon-to-be-re-issued collection of stories by a cult writing from the hills of West Virginia, Breece D’J Pancake, who committed suicide in 1979, at the age of twenty-six. As always, we’re delighted that so many of our favorite poets, emerging and established, including Charlie Smith, Joel Brouwer, and Celia Gilbert, are gracing our pages.
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