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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 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.

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A second chance to say ‘thank you’

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A chance encounter with the family pediatrician brings back a lifetime of memories.

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Traveling through the USA, wondering when everything changed

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We lose what we lose by inches. Little by little we see ourselves tolerating things that ought to be intolerable.