Stars Need Counting: Essays on Suicide by Concetta Principe
Stars Need Counting meditates on questions of suicide in the mode of A. Alvarez, when he says, in A Savage God, that there are no answers to these questions, because suicide is a “closed world” – so closed that it's not our place to judge or cast shame. These essays explore the quality of what is closed about this world, bring it close enough to scrape the shame off the act, and for both those who have passed and those who survive, offer peace.
Stars Need Counting: Essays on Suicide will be available in Spring 2021
“A lyrical, unflinching exploration of love, mortality and suicide. With Stars Need Counting, Concetta Principe has shed a welcome and necessary ray of light on the mystery and heartbreak of suicide.” — Don Gillmor, author of To the River
"This book catches you unawares even as it withholds a thorough reckoning, forces you to think uncomfortably and ask painful questions whose answers, as Principe writes, are impossible." — Anna Mehler Paperny, athor of Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me
"Principe's incisive empathy for her subject matter resonates throughout this book, evident in the painstaking efforts she takes to de-aestheticize and de-romanticize the subject of suicide. Though the work is about death and dying, there is something in it that feels like a true balm for the present, allowing us to consider the uncanny vagaries of both our subjective and collective humanities." — Ricky Varghese, author of Raw