In The Life We Bury, Joe Talbot is a college student living in Minnesota. He has not had an easy life. He never knew his father, his mother has had more men in her life than Joe wants to think of (one, in, fact, resulting in the birth of his autistic brother) and he still mourns the loss of his beloved grandfather. Joe gets by with a part time job as a bouncer and a few student loans. He gets by, day to day.
And then he gets an assignment.
He must interview a senior citizen for his biography class and write a paper on that person’s life. Since Joe has no seniors in his life, or for that matter know any seniors, he decides to go to a local convalescent home to ask if he could interview one of the residents. But when he gets there, he is told that most of the residents are there due to varying degrees of mental instability or are Alzheimer patients.
All but one, a man who is dying of pancreatic cancer.
Oh, and he is actually out on parole.
He has been in prison for the last 30 years.
He is a convicted rapist, arsonist, and murderer.
Does Joe want to interview him?