Clancy Martin’s candid and at times haunting memoir is a necessary addition to the dialogue surrounding suicide. The novelist recounts his attempts to take his own life alongside the experiences of several prominent writers like David Foster Wallace and Yiyun Li in an urgent call to reframe how we think about suicide and those who struggle with self-destructive thoughts. Martin is never afraid, delving into his most vulnerable moments in detail to humanize a subject that so many are not able to openly discuss. In doing so, Martin crafts a captivating argument about suffering and survival. —Annabel Gutterman

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If you or someone you know may be experiencing a mental-health crisis or contemplating suicide, call or text 988. In emergencies, call 911, or seek care from a local hospital or mental health provider.

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