The Lonely Stories: 22 Celebrated Writers on the Joys & Struggles of Being Alone

The Lonely Stories: 22 Celebrated Writers on the Joys & Struggles of Being Alone

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A collection of essays about the joys and struggles of being alone by 22 literary writers including: Lev Grossman, Jhumpa Lahiri, Lena Dunham, Jesmyn Ward, Yiyun Li, and Anthony Doerr

If you're feeling lonely or if you've ever felt unseen, if you're emboldened by solitude or secretly longing for it: Welcome to The Lonely Stories. This cathartic collection of essays illuminates an experience that so few of us openly discuss. Some stories are heartbreaking, such as Jesmyn Ward's reckoning with the loss of her husband and Dina Nayeri's reflection on immigrating to a foreign country. Others are witty, such as Lev Grossman's rueful tale of heading to the woods or Anthony Doerr's struggles with internet addiction. Still others celebrate the clarity of solitude, like Claire Dederer's journey toward sobriety and Lidia Yuknavitch's sensual look at desire. Thoughtful and affirming, The Lonely Stories reveals the complexities of an emotion we've all felt--reminding us that we're not alone.

Contributors include:
- Megan Giddings
- Claire Dederer
- Imani Perry
- Jeffery Renard Allen
- Maggie Shipstead
- Emily Raboteau
- Lev Grossman
- Lena Dunham
- Yiyun Li
- Anthony Doerr
- Helena Fitzgerald
- Maile Meloy
- Aja Gabel
- Jean Kwok
- Amy Shearn
- Peter Ho Davies
- Maya Shanbhag Lang
- Jhumpa Lahiri
- Jesmyn Ward
- Lidia Yuknavitch
- Dina Nayeri
- Melissa Febos



Author: Natalie Eve Garrett
Publisher: Catapult
Published: 04/19/2022
Pages: 272
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.60lbs
Size: 8.20h x 5.50w x 0.90d
ISBN: 9781948226608

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 01/17/2022
Kirkus Reviews 02/01/2022
Shelf Awareness 04/22/2022
Booklist 04/22/2022

About the Author
Natalie Eve Garrett is an artist, writer, and the editor of Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers (Catapult/Black Balloon, 2019), a collection of personal stories with recipes that explore how comfort food helps us cope in dark times. She is also the editor of The Artists' and Writers' Cookbook: A Collection of Stories with Recipes (powerHouse Books, 2016). A graduate of Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania's School of Design, Natalie lives with her husband, daughter, and son in a town outside DC and along the Potomac River.