Requiem for the Living: A Memoir
Place Published: Salt Lake City, UT
Publisher: University of Utah Press
Date Published: 2014
Edition: First edition
Book Id: 41161
248 pp. Octavo [22 cm]; illustrated wraps.
After nine years of keeping his prostate cancer at bay, the drugs were no longer working. The doctors told him his time was nearly up. Jeff Metcalf used this diagnosis as motivation to dive deeper into writing, tasking himself to write one essay each week for a year. His collection of fifty-two essays was chosen by the Utah Division of Arts and Museums as the winner of their 2012 Original Writing Competition. Requiem for the Living contains the best of these essays, selected and reworked by the author, who continues to defy his medical prognosis."Perhaps Jeff Metcalf cured himself by what he wrote. When I read the stories I think this might be possible. They are lovely, beautifully written, like a composer writing his own requiem." -Scott Carrier, Peabody Award-winning radio producer and author of Running after Antelope and Prisoner of Zion: Muslims, Mormons, and Other Misadventures