Sorrow and Bliss

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Price
$26.99  $24.83
Publisher
Harper
Publish Date
Pages
352
Dimensions
6.1 X 9.1 X 1.3 inches | 1.13 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780063049581

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About the Author

Meg Mason began her career at the Financial Times and The Times of London. Her work has since appeared in The Sunday Times, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sunday Telegraph. She has written humour for Sunday STYLE, The New Yorker's Daily Shouts and a monthly column for GQ and been a regular contributor to Vogue, ELLE and marie claire.Her first novel You Be Mother (HarperCollins) was published in 2017. Her second, Sorrow and Bliss (HarperCollins) was first published in Australia in 2020, and the US and UK in 2021. The actress Emilia Fox narrated the audiobook. Now a bestseller in Australia, it has now sold in more than 20 countries and will be published in 16 languages. It has been longlisted for the ABIA Literary Fiction book of the year, chosen as the GOOP book club read in March 2021, and been optioned for screen by the US studio, New Regency, producer of Oscar-winning films including Little Women, 12 Years a Slave and Birdman.She lives in Sydney, with her husband and two daughters.

Reviews

"Examines with pitiless clarity the impact of the narrator's mental illness on her closest relationships. . . . Mason brings the reader into a deep understanding of Martha's experience without either condescending to her or letting her off too easily. . . . An astute depiction of life on the psychic edge."--Kirkus Reviews
"The book is a triumph. A brutal, hilarious, compassionate triumph."--Alison Bell, cocreator and star of The Letdown
Sorrow and Bliss is a brilliantly faceted and extremely funny book about depression that engulfed me in the way I'm always hoping to be engulfed by novels. While I was reading it, I was making a list of all the people I wanted to send it to, until I realized that I wanted to send it to everyone I know.--Ann Patchett
So dark, so funny, so true. You will see your sad, struggling, triumphant self in this deeply affecting novel. What a debut.--Laura Zigman, author of Separation Anxiety
An incredibly funny and devastating debut. . . . enlivened, often, by a madcap energy. Yet it still manages to be sensitive and heartfelt, and to offer a nuanced portrayal of what it means to try to make amends and change, even when that involves 'start[ing] again from nothing.'"--The Guardian
This is a romance, true, but a real one. It's modern love up against the confusing, sad aches of mental illness, with all its highs, lows, humour and misery. Comparisons to Sally Rooney will be made, but Mason's writing is less self-conscious than Rooney's, and perhaps more mature. Her character work is outstanding, and poignant--the hairline fractures, contradictions and nuances of the middle-class family dynamic are painstakingly rendered with moving familiarity and black humour, resulting in a combination as devastating and sharply witty as Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Fleabag.--Bookseller+Publisher
"Sorrow and Bliss is hilarious, haunting, and utterly captivating. Meg Mason has created a heroine as prickly as Bernadette in Where'd You Go, Bernadette. Her humor is as arch and wise as the best work of Joan Didion and Rachel Cusk, yet completely original. What a thrilling new voice!"--Amanda Eyre Ward, New York Times bestselling author of The Jetsetters
"Mason excels in her heartbreaking U.S. debut, an account of a woman's self-discovery amid her struggle with mental illness. . . . Witty and stark, Martha's emotionally affecting story will delight fans of Sally Rooney."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Exploring the multifaceted hardships of mental illness and the frustrating inaccuracy of diagnoses, medications, and treatments, Sorrow and Bliss is darkly comic and deeply heartfelt . . . Martha's voice is acerbic, witty, and raw.--Booklist (starred review)
Brutal, tender, funny, this novel--a portrait of love in all of its many incarnations--came alive for me from the very first page. I saw myself here. I saw the people I love. I am changed by this book.--Mary Beth Keane, New York Times bestselling author of Ask Again, Yes