In The Slender Margin will be published in the United States by Arcade Publishing on January 5, 2016
The Globe Books 100: Best Canadian non-fiction 2014
A journey into the land of death and dying seen through the lens of art and the imagination
Part memoir, part meditation on death itself, In the Slender Margin is an exploration of death from an “insider’s” point of view. Using the threads of her brother’s early death and her twenty years of work at a hospice, Joseph draws on history, religion, philosophy, literature, personal anecdote, mythology, poetry and pop culture to discern the unknowable and to illuminate her travels through the land of the dying.
Rather than relying solely on narrative, The Slender Margin gains momentum from a build-up of thematic resonances. Joseph writes toward thinking about death and in the process finds the brother she lost as a young girl. This book provides no easy answers, but invites the reader to contemplate the human need for meaning in the face of death.
Replete with literary allusions and references from Joan Didion and Susan Sontag to D.H. Lawrence and Voltaire among many other literary voices, the result is an absorbing and inspired consideration of how we die and how, in the end, we carry on.
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