Blake Butler’s “Molly”

By LARB Radio HourDecember 15, 2023

Blake Butler’s “Molly”
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Kate Wolf and Medaya Ocher speak with the writer and editor Blake Butler about his latest book, a memoir called Molly. Molly is dedicated to the poet and writer Molly Brodak, Butler’s wife of three years. Molly committed suicide one spring afternoon, near the house they shared outside of Atlanta. After her death, Molly comes into clearer view, as the secrets and traumas she hid during her life begin to reveal themselves. The book is an extraordinarily honest account of her death, of their relationship, and of the way people manage to survive immense loss.

Also, Andrew Chan, author of Why Mariah Carey Matters, returns to recommend Keats’s Odes: A Lover’s Discourse by UCLA Professor Anahid Nersessian.

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