In The First Kristin: The Story of a Naming, Kristin Czarnecki delves into the unique experience of being named after a deceased sibling: her parents’ first child, who died at age three—eight and a half years before the author was born. Czarnecki explores the first Kristin’s short life, her unexpected death, and what having her name means for her and her family. Weaving together memoir and meditations on literature, art, science, and psychology, the book considers this lost sister, this act of naming, and the complicated legacies of even the briefest of lives.
Meet the Author
Kristin Czarnecki is an English professor at Georgetown College. She has published essays on Virginia Woolf, Jean Rhys, Louise Erdrich, and Leslie Marmon Silko, among others, in journals such as Woolf Studies Annual, College Literature, Journal of Feminist Scholarship, and Journal of Modern Literature. Her nonfiction and poetry have appeared in Peatsmoke, Clementine Unbound, and the Virginia Woolf Miscellany. The First Kristin: The Story of a Naming is her first book.