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Fresh Air, Carol Muske-Dukes and Mordecai Richler

Written by: Terry Gross
Narrated by: Terry Gross
Length: 44 mins

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Poet, critic, and novelist Carol Muske-Dukes and remembering social critic and novelist Mordecai Richler on this edition of Fresh Air. Muske-Dukes' new novel Life After Death is the story of a woman who says one day to her husband in anger "Why don't you just die?" The next day he drops dead. The book follows her journey into grief, self-reproach, and self-discovery. Muske-dukes is the Director of the PhD Program in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Southern California. She's published three previous novels, and six collections of poetry, the most recent is An Octave Above Thunder. She's also a regular critic for the New York Times Book Review. Richler died Tuesday at the age of 70. He's best known for his work chronicling Jewish life in Montreal in works like the book The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. He died of complications from cancer. (Broadcast Date: July 5, 2001)
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