• We Keep the Dead Close

  • A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence
  • By: Becky Cooper
  • Narrated by: Becky Cooper
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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By: Becky Cooper
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You have to remember, he reminded me, that Harvard is older than the US government. You have to remember because Harvard doesn't let you forget.

1969: the height of counterculture and the year universities would seek to curb the unruly spectacle of student protest, the winter that Harvard University would begin the tumultuous process of merging with Radcliffe, its all-female sister school, and the year that Jane Britton, an ambitious 23-year-old graduate student in Harvard's Anthropology Department and daughter of Radcliffe Vice President J. Boyd Britton, would be found bludgeoned to death in her Cambridge, Massachusetts, apartment.

Forty years later, Becky Cooper, a curious undergrad, will hear the first whispers of the story. In the first telling the body was nameless. The story was this: a Harvard student had had an affair with her professor and the professor had murdered her in the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology because she'd threatened to talk about the affair. Though the rumour proves false, the story that unfolds, one that Cooper will follow for 10 years, is even more complex: a tale of gender inequality in academia, a 'cowboy culture' among empowered male elites, the silencing effect of institutions and our compulsion to rewrite the stories of female victims.

We Keep the Dead Close is a memoir of mirrors, misogyny and murder. It is at once a rumination on the violence and oppression that rules our revered institutions, a ghost story reflecting one young woman's past onto another's present, and a love story for a girl who was lost to history.

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Outstanding

An amazing book. The time went so quickly it was that engaging and kept me riveted until the last minute.

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Nicely done

Looking into university life in 1960s and academic tenure. The crime element frames this but not dominantly. The stories of those living populates the narrative