April 2016 Indie Next List
“If I could read the work of only one writer for the rest of my life, I think I would be happy to spend the rest of my days in the staggering beauty of Nelson's prose. In The Red Parts, what could have merely been a relatively interesting true crime narrative becomes, instead, a wholly original memoir of pain, history, family, and those bright moments of clarity in a world that, for Nelson, had become so dark. This book asks us to wonder, to be angry, and ultimately to become more human. This is an inescapable, utterly compelling read.”
— Claire Tobin, Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI
An elegantly written, intensely personal examination of a violent crime--the brutal killing of the author's aunt in 1969, considered one of the infamous RMichigan MurdersS--and how its legacy and the reopening of the case 36 years later haunted the author and her family.