Young Widower: A Memoir

YOUNG WIDOWER: A MEMOIR (University of Nebraska Press, March 2014)
winner of the 2013 River Teeth Book Prize

“A riveting and devastating chronicle of the tragedy that brutally ended a life and a marriage, and the aftermath of grief. Told with uncompromising candor and poetic precision, Young Widower is an unforgettable memoir of unrelenting beauty.”

–Patricia Engel, author of Vida and It’s Not Love, It’s Just Paris

“A tragic story told with such grace and artistry that the complex exploration of grief is finally revealed as redemptive. The honesty of John Evans’s writing is unfaltering and deeply impressive.”

– Kevin Casey, author of A State of Mind

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The Consolations Front OnlyTHE CONSOLATIONS: POEMS (Trio House Press, March 2014)
winner of the 2013 Trio Award for a First or Second Book of Poetry

“These powerful poems carve out a unique space between elegy and celebration; describing loss but never yielding to it. They draw the reader into a natural and social world seen and spoken in a vernacular of grief which makes a fresh perspective at every turn. This is a compelling new collection.”

–Eavan Boland, author of A Journey With Two Maps

“In The Consolations, John W. Evans comes to terms with the tragic death of his first wife, Katie. This is a moving record of Evans’s struggle with ‘a grief that never entirely wells up or washes away.’ Because his account of grief is faithful and unflinching, we can also trust that the consolations he finds (in faith, in art, in family) are very real. Evans affirms that true solace accommodates sorrow, and therefore lets love continue.”

– Katy Didden, author of The Glacier’s Wake

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