"Hi, my name is Matthew, although you may know me by another name. My friends call me, Matty, and I should be dead. If you like, you could consider what you are about to hear to be a message from the beyond, my beyond."
Modern Loss, an anthology of essays compiled from the website of the same name, delves into the aftermath of death in the contemporary world, offering a chorus of over 40 voices that illuminate the deeply personal and transformative nature of loss.
The story follows a freshman girl named Tara, who is struggling to find her place at school. After some curious events, she is invited into the prominent, extremely selective and secretive academic society on campus called Magni Viri. This opportunity is everything Tara could ever dream of, but she soon discovers a darker side to the organization, as her fellow students seem to be all consumed in their independent studies to a potentially deadly degree.