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Bough Down

Karen Green's moving book on her husband, David Foster Wallace's suicide and her experiences of grief

By DT Max   July 2013

Bough Down by Karen Green (Siglio Press, £27)

Grief, in the popular imagination, has a reliable trajectory. It’s supposed to begin with unbearable pain and end with some sort of acceptance. “Memories are meant to fade,” as a character says in a Hollywood film. “They’re designed that way for a reason” (go ahead and Google it; you know you’re curious). But in her brave, moving and painfully funny book, Bough Down, Karen Green shows how much less predictable the process really is. Green, a noted visual artist, was married to the…

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