Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Five books to read when you’re lonely

Claire Alexander lives on the west coast of Scotland with her husband and children. She has written for The Washington Post, The Independent, The Huffington Post, and Glamour. In 2019, one of her essays was published in the award-winning literary anthology We Got This: Solo Mom Stories of Grit, Heart, and Humor.

When she’s not writing or parenting, Alexander is on her paddle board, thinking about her next book.

Her latest book is Meredith, Alone.

At Lit Hub Alexander tagged five books that have given her "comfort during periods of disconnection or retreat," including:
Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason

Funny and heartbreaking and thoughtful, this novel is captivating from the very first page. Far from being another conventional tale of a woman with depression, it tackles dark topics with welcome lightness. Whether you like her or not, Martha’s story of love and loss reminds me that I’m not alone in this world, where “everything is broken and messed up and completely fine.”
Read about another entry on the list.

Sorrow and Bliss is among Jane Shemilt's five books tracing the portrayal of mental disorders in literature and Alyssa Vaughn's [February 2021] 42 books to help you get through the rest of quarantine.

The Page 69 Test: Sorrow and Bliss.

--Marshal Zeringue