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The Undertaking

Life Studies from the Dismal Trade

by Thomas Lynch

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A National Book Award Finalist: "One of the most life-affirming books I have read in a long time...brims with humanity, irreverence, and invigorating candor." —Tom Vanderbilt, The Nation

"Every year I bury a couple hundred of my townspeople." So opens this singular and wise testimony. Like all poets, inspired by death, Thomas Lynch is, unlike others, also hired to bury the dead or to cremate them and to tend to their families in a small Michigan town where he serves as the funeral director.

In the conduct of these duties he has kept his eyes open, his ear tuned to the indispensable vernaculars of love and grief. In these twelve pieces his is the voice of both witness and functionary. Here, Lynch, poet to the dying, names the hurts and whispers the condolences and shapes the questions posed by this familiar mystery. So here is homage to parents who have died and to children who shouldn't have. Here are golfers tripping over grave markers, gourmands and hypochondriacs, lovers and suicides. These are the lessons for life our mortality teaches us.


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Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

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  • Release date: March 1, 2010

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  • ISBN: 9780393073409
  • File size: 1227 KB
  • Release date: March 1, 2010

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  • ISBN: 9780393073409
  • File size: 1227 KB
  • Release date: March 1, 2010


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A National Book Award Finalist: "One of the most life-affirming books I have read in a long time...brims with humanity, irreverence, and invigorating candor." —Tom Vanderbilt, The Nation

"Every year I bury a couple hundred of my townspeople." So opens this singular and wise testimony. Like all poets, inspired by death, Thomas Lynch is, unlike others, also hired to bury the dead or to cremate them and to tend to their families in a small Michigan town where he serves as the funeral director.

In the conduct of these duties he has kept his eyes open, his ear tuned to the indispensable vernaculars of love and grief. In these twelve pieces his is the voice of both witness and functionary. Here, Lynch, poet to the dying, names the hurts and whispers the condolences and shapes the questions posed by this familiar mystery. So here is homage to parents who have died and to children who shouldn't have. Here are golfers tripping over grave markers, gourmands and hypochondriacs, lovers and suicides. These are the lessons for life our mortality teaches us.


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