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By Sarah Manguso

"An unidentified white guy used to be struck and immediately killed by way of a Metro-North educate final night," suggested the July 24, 2008, variation of the Riverdale Press. This guy was once named Harris, and The Guardians―written within the years after he escaped from a psychiatric clinic and ended his life―is Sarah Manguso's heartbreaking elegy.

Harris was once a guy who "played track, wrote software program, wrote tune, discovered to force, went to school, went to mattress with girls." In The Guardians, Manguso grieves no longer for relatives or for a lover, yet for a ally. With startling humor and candor, she paints a portrait of a friendship among a guy and a woman―in all its unforeseen detail―and exhibits that love and grief don't consistently take the shapes we predict them to.

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