Teresa Carmody’s Requiem available from Les Figues Press is a gritty, compassionate portrait of life in Michigan. The language is raw but polished, like a pebble of blood red carnelian rubbed smooth by a mountain stream.
In the extended essay “Hurrah, Hurrah,” which I had the esteemed privilege of reading in a workshop several years ago, Carmody paints each of her siblings with a brush of their own voices, using a Faulkerian structure to pull together a massive mural of life in a family where the language of Christian religion is so present that it infuses the sentences in their minds.
As David L. Ulin states in his introduction to the book, Carmody “is not trying to illustrate a point.” Instead, she’s helping us all see more clearly that we don’t see clearly at all. Our only point of view is our point of view. But then, maybe that is the illustrated point after all.
by Teresa Carmody – Available from Les Figues Press.