Baptizing the Dead and Other Jobs

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Michael William Palmer

180 pp.


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Winner of the 2019 Monadnock Essay Collection Prize 

Baptizing the Dead and Other Jobs tells a coming of age story set in the heart of Mormon Country: Utah County, Utah. These essays weave together a timeline of salt flats grit and labor—7/11 clerk, telemarketer, custodian, and more—to explore deeper questions of how to be of a place, and how to quit it. A meditation on lost faith, lost friends, and the longing for familiar landscapes and rituals that bind us to ourselves and one another, this collection is a love song to the American West, and a farewell.


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