NC Literary Hall of Fame



The Going and Goodbye by Shuly Xochitl Cawood

Platypus Press
$16.00, paperback / $6.00, e-book
ISBN: 978-0-993532191
June, 2017
Nonfiction: Memoir
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"In this lovely memoir, the narrator, although strongly rooted in a particular place, is always on the move into the unknown....The lyrical, fluid style immediately invites the reader along for the ride. I read this with great pleasure!"
—Bobbie Ann Mason, author of In Country

"This is a brave writer who moves lyrically and fearlessly toward self-knowledge, a writer who is willing to probe the darkness in the chambers of her own heart, not just the hearts of others...This is a voice you can trust with your life."
—Joyce Dyer, author of Gum-Dipped and Goosetown

"In this luminous memoir, Shuly Cawood dives into the deepest of waters—health and illness, the bonds of family, intimacy and its unraveling—and emerges with a treasure....The Going and Goodbye is a revelation."
—Matthew Goodman, New York Times bestselling author

The Going and Goodbye is an examination of loss and leaving and the search for meaning in the memories that remain. Tracing a path through rural Ohio, the American South, and small towns of Mexico, these stories breathe life into a marriage and its dissolution; find a voice that fears mortality then faces it; explore faith in the face of these losses; and ultimately reveal the power of love and letting go.

Shuly Xochitl Cawood is the author of the memoir The Going and Goodbye (Platypus Press, 2017).

Her writing has been nominated for a Pushcart and has appeared in The Rumpus, Zone 3, Cider Press Review, Rust+Moth, Hawai`i Pacific Review, Prime Number Magazine, Mud Season Review, Helix Magazine, Red Earth Review, Under the Sun, Naugatuck River Review, Label Me Latina/o, Rathalla Review, Full Grown People, Fiction Southeast, Ray’s Road Review, Change Seven, The Louisville Review, Queen of Cups, and Two Cities Review, among others.

Shuly has an MFA in creative writing from Queens University, and her most recent writing award was the 2014 Betty Gabehart Prize, First Place in Nonfiction.

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