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Joan Wickersham

Joan Wickersham’s memoir The Suicide Index: Putting My Father’s Death in Order was a National Book Award Finalist as well as appearing on “best books of the year” lists including the Boston Globe, the LA Times, New York Magazine, Salon, and the Washington Post. She is also the author of a novel, The Paper Anniversary, and her fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories and is forthcoming in The Best American Nonrequired Reading. Joan writes a regular op-ed column for the Boston Globe and has contributed on-air essays to the NPR shows “On Point” and “Morning Edition.” She has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo.

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OPINION | JOAN WICKERSHAM

A political memoir that endures as literature

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Eugenia Ginzburg suffered the worst things a person can suffer, but never stopped valuing the fineness of the human soul.

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In era of Trump, what’s a friend to do?

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The friends stayed in touch, exchanged Christmas cards, and occasionally had lunch together. Then came the election of 2016.

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The other Dickens Christmas

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In “Great Expectations” nothing is absolute. Nothing is all bad or all good. Nothing is final.

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Who I’m voting for

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The high school girl wasn’t fretting about exams. She was afraid of getting killed.