Review: The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich


Title: The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir

Author: Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Published: 18th May 2017, Pan Macmillan Australia

Status: Read September 2019 courtesy Pan Macmillan


My Thoughts:

“As such, this is a book about what happened, yes, but it is also about what we do with what happened. It is about a murder, it is about my family, it is about other families whose lives were touched by the murder. But more than that, much more than that, it is about how we understand our lives, the past, and each other. To do this, we all make stories.”

The Fact of a Body is the unusual combination of a memoir, an unrelated true crime tale, and creative fiction.

Where the line is drawn between the three is sometimes blurry as the author attempts to understand her experience of sexual abuse as a child, the life of a child molester and murderer, and the death of an innocent young boy.

The concept of truth, within the framework of memory and law, is explored in a thoughtful manner. What is clear is that the truth is never as simple, nor as fixed as we wish it to be.

Complex, poetic, challenging, and haunting, I found The Fact of a Body compelling reading.


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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    Sep 08, 2019 @ 21:18:44

    This has been on my TBR for ages, but I haven’t been able to muster the interest in it bc I think the blurb and the mix of things that it is supposed to be.

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