- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: FSG Originals (March 12, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0374146861
- ISBN-13: 978-0374146863
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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A Long Day at the End of the World: A Story of Desecration and Revelation in the Deep South Paperback – March 12, 2013
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Due to her own burial phobia, Hendricks’ mother had her husband’s body disinterred in 1997 and sent to the Tri-State Crematory in Georgia. The cremains she received, though, were but crushed cement. In 2002, the garish truth splashed across headlines. Brent Marsh, the well-liked crematory owner, had been hoarding corpses—339 of them, to be exact—for five years for no apparent reason, stuffing them in bins and strewing them across the adjacent woods. “Body parts were found sticking out of the pits,” writes Hendricks, “like grisly plantings in a neglected garden.” Hendricks makes an overdue pilgrimage to this “hell camp,” along the way telling a story of displacement, not only of his father’s body but also of a childhood spent moving from town to town and an adulthood spent in a South to which he never belonged. In prose indicative of his poetry background, Hendricks skillfully interweaves the true-crime shocks of the Ed Gein–like scene with thoughtful asides on everything from Southern Baptists to Hernando de Soto to alchemy. A unique and affecting wander through some unwelcoming places. --Daniel Kraus
“When Brent Hendricks' book came across my desk, I was attracted to the elegiac cover design. When I discovered it was about the Tri-State Crematory scandal, my interest grew. But when I read Hendricks' gorgeous prose, I was floored.” ―Suzanne Van Atten, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Astonishing and unclassifiable, personal and apocalyptical, mystical and mythical, this little book, beautifully written and explosively patterned, sets out to fathom the unfathomable and, uncannily, pretty much succeeds in doing so.” ―Joy Williams, author of The Quick and the Dead
“Training one eye on poetry and the other on the apocalypse, Brent Hendricks has written a book I can't stop thinking about. What a beautiful and uncanny accomplishment it is, and how well and unexpectedly its pieces fit together: at once the recreation of a crime and its aftermath, a meditation on the way a landscape can have its meanings shattered by circumstance, and the memoir of a son whose bond with his father remains as troubled in death as it was in life.” ―Kevin Brockmeier, author of The Illumination and The Brief History of the Dead
“There is one thing you must know: the place where Brent Hendricks and I grew up was a land of ghosts, ghosts of an unspeakable past that was everywhere communicated by a flick of the hand, a turn of the eye, or a casual phrase. It was a place we learned to love and to hate, to defend and to fear, to celebrate and to deny. A Long Day at the End of the World is a note-perfect evocation of this strange haunted nature of the South. It's a stellar debut.” ―Peter L. Buck of R.E.M.
“Hendricks skillfully interweaves the true-crime shocks of the Ed Gein–like scene with thoughtful asides on everything from Southern Baptists to Hernando de Soto to alchemy. A unique and affecting wander through some unwelcoming places.” ―Daniel Kraus, Booklist
“Sharing many of the same qualities that made his first book of poems, Thaumatrope, a fascinating conceptual and narrative success, Hendricks's excellent nonfiction debut combines personal and psychological reflections to understand the largest mass desecration in modern American history.” ―Publishers Weekly
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