This extraordinary, timely new collection of essays by the award-winning writer ofThe Other Side—rooted in her own experience with sexual assault—pursues questions of justice, sexual violence, and retribution.
In 2014, Lacy Johnson was giving a reading from The Other Side, her “instant classic” memoir of kidnapping and rape, when a woman asked her what she would like to happen to her rapist. This collection, a meditative extension of that answer, draws from philosophy, art, literature, mythology, anthropology, film, and other fields, as well as Johnson’s personal experience, to consider how our ideas about justice might be expanded beyond vengeance and retribution to include acts of compassion, patience, mercy, and grace.
This book is available in paperback ($17.00).
Lacy M. Johnson discusses and signs her book, The Reckonings: Essays.