When writer and poet Lacy M. Johnson was in her 20s, a man who she had recently broken up with kidnapped and raped her.
She wrote about her escape and recovery in the 2014 memoir The Other Side. As she began speaking about the book in public, a pattern emerged: Readers she encountered suggested that Johnson must want her rapist killed, or imprisoned, or tortured.
"You probably want him dead, strangers tell me," Johnson writes in the essay that opens her tour de force follow-up, The Reckonings.
No, Johnson says. She wants a reckoning.