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Lucas Mann was born in New York City and received his MFA from the University of Iowa, where he was the Provost’s Visiting Writer in Nonfiction. He is the author of Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere, and his essays and stories have appeared in many publications, including TriQuarterly, Slate, and the Kenyon Review. He teaches writing at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Mann’s most recent book, Lord Fear: A Memoir (Vintage), has been selected as a Best Book by the Miami HeraldKirkus Reviews, Largehearted Boy, and Mann was only thirteen years old when his brother Josh died of a heroin overdose. As Josh’s story is told in kaleidoscopic shards of memories assembled from interviews with his friends and family, as well as from the raw material of his journals, a startling portrait unfolds. At the same time, Mann pulls back to examine his own complicated feelings and motives for recovering memories of his brother’s life, searching for a balance between the tension of inevitability and the what ifs that beg to be asked. Through his investigation, Mann also comes to redefine his own place in a family whose narrative is bisected by the tragic loss.