Stages: On Dying, Working, and Feeling by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff

Thick Press


Softcover / 4.75 x 7.5 in / 126 pp

ISBN 978-1-73206-662-5


Can care be enacted through art? Inside a cathedral, staff members from a nursing home work with an artist to perform a poetic text about caregiving, loss, and taking the time to feel one’s feelings. In the months leading up to the performance, the artist navigates her twenties—and art and life converge in unexpected ways. Weaving between oral history and poetic prose, Rachel Kauder Nalebuff has created a stirring work of hybrid nonfiction that takes us behind the scenes of artmaking and caregiving. Melding curiosity, humility, playfulness, and self-deprecation, "Stages" is an inquiry into the work it takes to sustain a meaningful life.