How to Bury Your Brother



One dedicated woman discovers the man she never knew her brother to be in this evocative work of Southern fiction that explores how trauma bonds us all.

Her brother's letters reveal everything--if only he'd written one to her.

Alice always thought she'd see her brother again. Rob ran away when he was fifteen, with so many years left to find his way home. But his funeral happened first.

Eight years later she has to clear out her childhood home in Georgia, and the memories come flooding in, bringing with them an autopsy report showing her family's lies--and sealed, addressed letters from Rob.

In a search for answers to questions she's always been afraid to ask, Alice delivers the letters. Each dares her to open her eyes to her family's secrets and the ghosts of her own past. But it's the last letter, addressed to her brother's final home in New Orleans, that will force her to choose if she'll let the trauma break her or finally bring her home.

Everything I Never Told You meets The Night Olivia Fell set against a vivid Southern backdrop, How to Bury Your Brother is the highly-discussable story of a sister coming to terms with her brother's life and death.

Product Details

$16.99  $15.63
Sourcebooks Landmark
Publish Date
May 12, 2020
5.5 X 1.1 X 8.2 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

Lindsey Rogers Cook is a senior editor for digital storytelling at The New York Times, previously at U.S. News and World Report. This is her first novel. Lindsey lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, across the Hudson River from New York City.


"Part mystery, part Southern gothic, and wholly original, Cook's debut novel establishes her as an author to watch....[and] for fans of Celeste Ng and Joshilyn Jackson. " - Booklist
"Lindsey Rogers Cook has blessed us with this penetrating, page-turning mystery about that greatest mystery of all: family. How To Bury Your Brother is a deeply wise book about the secrets that families keep, about the dysfunctions that grumble just beneath the surface. A profoundly honest and insightful and beautiful novel." - Nathan Hill, New York Times bestselling author of The Nix
"Brilliantly plotted and beautifully written, How to Bury Your Brother questions how well we really know the people we love-and whether it's ever too late to learn the truth. An unforgettable debut." - Kristy Woodson Harvey, bestselling author of Slightly South of Simple
"Lindsey Cook is a radiant new voice in southern fiction. The debut novel, How to Bury Your Brother is both wise and captivating. Cook's prose rings true as she takes us through the journey of a sister coming to terms with her brother's death, family hidden stories and her own role in all of it. This is a book, and an author, who will grab your heart and not let go even after the very last page." - Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author
"How to Bury your Brother explores what happens when a lifetime of secrets pushes one woman to the breaking point. Both heartbreaking and hopeful, Alice's journey to find the truth about her brother's death uncovers more about her family--and about herself--than she ever bargained for. A must-read." - Haley Harrigan, author of Secrets of Southern Girls
"The one thing Alice knows with certainty on the day of her beloved brother's funeral is that, somehow, she must find answers to the questions that have haunted her since the day her brother left home at the age of fifteen--even if the quest could destroy everything she thinks she holds dear. With How To Bury Your Brother, Lindsey Rogers Cook has penned a deeply felt novel that unspools the threads of secrets long-buried beneath the seemingly sunny surface of one Southern family. Readers will find themselves immersed in Alice's quest, and rooting for her to discover the real meaning of home." - Mary Kay Andrews, New York Times bestselling author
"An accomplished, insightful debut." - Library Journal