An unidentified white man was struck and instantly killed by a Metro-North train last night, reported the July 24, 2008, edition of the Riverdale Press. This man was named Harris, and The Guardians written in the years after he escaped from a psychiatric hospital and ended his life is Sarah Manguso's heartbreaking elegy.Harris was a man who played music, wrote software, wrote music, learned to drive, went to college, went to bed with girls. In The Guardians, Manguso grieves t for family or for a lover, but for a best friend. With startling humor and candor, she paints a portrait of a friendship between a man and a woman in all its unexpected detail and shows that love and grief do t always take the shapes we expect them to.
Sarah Manguso is the author of a memoir, The Two Kinds of Decay ; two books of poetry, Siste Viator and The Captain Lands in Paradise ; and a short-story collection, Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape.