VISITING HOURS

A MEMOIR OF FRIENDSHIP AND MURDER

Praise for VISITING HOURS

A MEMOIR

“...Enthralling, thought provoking, and deeply empathetic.”

“...Emotional, powerful, and, oddly enough, beautiful”

“...Gripping and poignant”​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

“There are horrors in this book—some of them emotional, some incomprehensibly not. But what rises above it all in this exhilaratingly honest and brutal debut is what might be the book's most disturbingly beautiful element: its tribute to memory, its testament of love, and its wide-eyed inquiry into just how long those two things really last.”

–John D’Agata, author of About a Mountain

 

“Amy Butcher asks the two hardest questions: what do we mean to ourselves and what do we mean to each other?  She asks in innocence and responds with hard earned experience and wisdom to share. You will need to give this book away and buy another for yourself so you have someone to talk to about it.  You will keep an eye out for this writer and what she will do next. It is not right that she is so smart, so talented and so young all at the same time.  Yes, hers is a debut to envy and here we are at the very beginning.”

–Robert Olmstead, author of Coal Black Horse

 

Visiting Hours is an incredible portrait of trauma. In crisp, beautiful pose, Butcher revisits an extraordinary and terrible night that will come to haunt and trouble her forever. What is the nature of traumatic memory? Whose sadness do we have claim to? What can be done when people we love do terrible things? Butcher's generous and honest meditation on how traumatic memory can shape ordinary lives will make you a better and more empathetic person.”

 –Jennifer Percy, author of Demon Camp

 

Visiting Hours is the culmination of Amy Butcher’s many talents: beautifully dense yet accessible prose rendered with complete honesty. She will make you question everyone you’ve ever thought you’ve known.”

–Mary Miller, author of The Last Days of California

 

Visiting Hours is a mystery of the highest order, not merely a whodunit, as we know from the outset who killed whom, but a mystery of the human heart, exploring the ambiguous motivations of an otherwise gentle man who became a murderer and a young woman who couldn’t stop being his friend. A page turner for its pathos and gorgeous attention to language, a coming of age story like no other, Amy Butcher has written a story of no easy answers and unparalleled sensitivity.”

–Robin Hemley, author of Nola: A Memoir of Faith, Art and Madness

“I couldn’t put down this April release, Visiting Hours: A Memoir of Friendship and Murder, by Amy Butcher...How such a dastardly act affects their friendship—or how it might affect any friendship of our own—kept me riveted.”

Dannye Romine Powell, The Charlotte Observer

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