This Close to Happy Lib/E: A Reckoning with Depression


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Blackstone Publishing
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About the Author

Daphne Merkin is the author of the novel Enchantment, which won the Edward Lewis Wallant Award for best novel on a Jewish theme, as well as collections of essays and a memoir, This Close to Happy. A former staff writer for The New Yorker, her essays frequently appear in The New York Times, Bookforum, The New Republic, Departures, ELLE, Travel + Leisure, Tablet, and many other publications. Merkin has taught writing at the 92nd Street Y, Marymount Manhattan College, and Hunter College, and she currently teaches at Columbia University's MFA program. She lives in New York City.
Suzanne Toren has over 30 years of experience in recording. She won the American Foundation for the Blind's Scourby Award for Narrator of the Year in 1988, and AudioFile magazine named her the 2009 Best Voice in Nonfiction & Culture. She is also the recipient of multiple Earphones Awards. Her many credits include works by Jane Smiley, Margaret Weis, Jerry Spinelli, Barbara Kingsolver, and Cynthia Rylant. AudioFile also raves, "Toren brings a distinguishing warmth and power to her narrations. Her talents extend to both fiction and nonfiction, and in her recording career of 30-plus years she has given listeners heart-wrenching memoirs, lively history, engaging light fiction, and involving mysteries." Toren also performs on and off-Broadway and in regional theatres.


Unlike so much writing about mental illness, Merkin's memoir isn't prescriptive or bogged down with statistics; it's a cleareyed, insightful account of how she felt during her nosedives into despair. The book is shot through with a self-awareness that helps readers cheer her on.

-- "New York Times"

[Merkin] narrates...with insight, grace, and excruciating clarity, in exquisite and sometimes darkly humorous prose...for all its highly personal focus, it is an important addition to the literature of mental illness.

-- "New York Times Book Review"

Illuminating, heartbreaking, and powerfully written...Merkin eloquently blends the personal with the researched; her intellectual tenacity and emotional rawness impress.

-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"

Dark thoughts hover over virtually every page of this mesmerizing memoir, and yet there is also the very real possibility of hope.

-- "Booklist (starred review)"

Extraordinarily lucid and moving...This is a book for all those who know nothing about depression and for those who know too much.

-- "Adam Phillips, author of Unforbidden Pleasures"

Brings a stunningly perceptive voice to the forefront of the conversation about depression, one that is both reassuring and revelatory.

-- "Carol Gilligan, author of In a Different Voice"

This Close to Happy is honest, fearless in the way we have come to expect from Daphne Merkin, and, as a bonus, frankly informative.

-- "Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, president, Child Mind Institute"