The Fact of a Body was a strong and powerful read. It covers some tough themes with trigger warnings for sexual abuse. The author bravely tells the reader of her family’s complicated story of abuse and how a case she came across as a law intern triggered her own journey of trying to understand and come to terms with her own experience.
Candid and compelling, I was drawn in by Marzano-Lesnevich’s way of weaving her story seamlessly with that of Ricky Langley and also with her way of making the reader contemplate the bigger themes. Where does a story start? In one place we have a murderer. Another a troubled boy. A complex and layered read this is the perfect bookclub choice. There is much to contemplate, debate, discuss and in my group we had a very long and enriching conversation after reading this fantastic book.
What I also loved was the exceptional writing style. The author builds each scene from the ground up using fictional elements to add colour and flavour, to draw the reader in and yet all parts of the story are truth. The author’s personal story is powerful and she writes with a clarity and honesty that leaves the reader breathless. You couldn’t read this one and not be touched.
The Fact of a Body is an exceptional read that all should experience. Just be prepared for intense and strong themes and perhaps allow yourself some time to read it, I know I needed breaks at times but don’t let that scare you. A memoir well worth your time.