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Joan Wickersham, all a matter of altered states

Joan Wickersham’s 2008 memoir, “The Suicide Index,” was a moving account of her father’s life and death composed in the style of an index; it was a finalist for the National Book Award. “The News from Spain,” her rapturously received collection of short stories, is equally innovative: The title of the book is also the title of each piece. Vintage released it as a paperback earlier this month. Wickersham lives and sometimes works in North Cambridge.

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