Before Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich begins a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana, working on the retrial defence of convicted murderer and child molester, Ricky Langley, she thinks her position is clear. The child of two lawyers, she is staunchly opposed to the death penalty. But the moment she hears Ricky speak of his crimes, she is overcome with the feeling of wanting him to die. Shocked by her reaction, she digs deeper into the case, and is forced to confront her own family’s long-buried secrets, and to reckon with how her own past colours her view of his crime. “This book is a marvel,” raves Celeste Ng. “The Fact of a Body is equal parts gripping and haunting and will leave you questioning whether any one story can hold the full truth.” Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich is a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts fellow, a recipient of the Rona Jaffe Award, and has twice been a fellow at both MacDowell and Yaddo. Her essays appear in the New York Times, Oxford American, and the anthologies True Crime and Waveform: Twenty-first Century Essays by Women. She is joined by Robin Wasserman in discussion. Robin Wasserman is the author of the novel Girls on Fire (HarperCollins 2016). Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Tin House, VQR, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and several short story anthologies, and she is also the bestselling author of several books for children and young adults. She teaches in the MFA creative-writing program at Southern New Hampshire University.