What’s the saddest book you’ve read recently?
I honestly feel that I haven’t been reading any horribly depressing books recently. Sure, almost every book has sad bits in it, but a book that actually strikes me as sad is harder to come by. One such book that was more sad than not was How it Ends, by Laura Weiss. I was almost brought to tears, which rarely happens with books for me. I just was heartbroken over the lapsed relationship between Helen, the older neighborly woman and Hanna, the teenage protagonist. Helen was dying of Parkinson’s and losing all her faculties, which was very traumatic. She was also rehashing the previous events of her life, which involved many trials and tribulations. If you’re looking to get a good cry, this book would be a good choice!
Another book that comes to mind is Divisadero, by Michael Ondaatje. It’s a very lyric book that is low on plot, but what does occur in the book is very disturbing. The three main characters, Anna, Coop, and Claire, all have this sense of acute melancholy about them that just permeates the entire book.
I want to hear from everyone else now–what is the saddest book you’ve read recently?