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Winner of the Melbourne Prize for Literature's Best Writing AwardShortlisted for the Stella Prize"Tumarkin presents a remarkable tour de force . . . These essays will linger in readers' minds for years after." - Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Drawing on nine years of research, Axiomatic explores the ways we understand the traumas we inherit and the systems that sustain them. In five sections -- each one built on an axiom about how the past affects the present -- Tumarkin weaves together true and intimate stories of a community dealing with the extended aftermath of a suicide, a grandmother's quest to kidnap her grandson to keep him safe, one community lawyer's struggle inside and against the criminal justice system, a larger-than-life Holocaust survivor, and the history of the author's longest friendship.

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