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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.

Latest stories

JOAN WICKERSHAM

The nightmare aftermath of a nuclear bomb

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“Now not many people walked in the streets, but a great number sat on the pavement, vomited, waited for death, and died.”

JOAN WICKERSHAM

A scary story, not just for Halloween

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It’s a story about how societies cohere by scapegoating, defining someone as the Other.

JOAN WICKERSHAM

Indulging in America’s gun fantasies

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The gun books are full of the fantasy of being the aggressor, of wielding power (the Kalashnikov upgrades, the silencers). But there’s also the fantasy of being the protector.

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One of those moments when you see life whole

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You are on a train that is always moving, even when it seems to be standing still.