I read Kimberly McCreight's Reconstructing Amelia in 2015 (so I was a little late to the party), and was immediately captivated. The story centers around a mother who goes to pick up her daughter from a private school in New York. When she gets there, she discovers her daughter, Amelia, has jumped off a roof and committed suicide. The book follows her as she tries to reconstruct what she knows about her daughter to learn who the is, and what drove her to that end.
A practicing attorney in her previous career, Kim brings a sharp legal mind to the writing, as well as an emotional transparency that she claims comes from her experiences as a parent. Her follow-up novel, Where They Found Her, is just as good, focusing on themes of infanticide and sexual assault. Her first young adult crossover, The Outliers, proposes a world where women's intuition has been proven as scientific fact.
She's a wonderful writer and a fascinating person. In the interview, we cover everything from the kind of research that put her in touch with medical examiners and psychologists, as well as sexual assaults on college campuses.
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Some of the things we discussed in this episode:
Reconstructing Amelia, Kimberly McCreight
Where They Found Her, Kimberly McCreight
The Outliers, Kimberly McCreight
Stiff, Mary Roach
The Hunting Ground
Forensics for Dummies, D.P. Lyle
Murder and Mayhem, D.P. Lyle