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Sorrow and Bliss

by Meg Mason

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Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason
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    Feb 2021, 352 pages

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A sharply funny and poignant reflection on the experience of living with mental illness.

At the opening of Meg Mason's Sorrow and Bliss, Martha's marriage is disintegrating. When she was 17, "a little bomb went off" in her brain — a sudden, violent onset of mental illness that has characterized her life ever since. Now she is middle-aged, and a resurgent wave of that same illness is threatening to wipe her out. The pain is causing her to lash out at her husband, Patrick. She rebuffs his incessant cheerfulness with small cruelties, pushing him further and further away. When he eventually leaves her, it isn't exactly a shock, but the event causes her to reflect on everything that has led up to this final blow. Written with wit and compassion, Sorrow and Bliss recounts Martha's attempt to sift through the debris of her life in order to gain some understanding of herself and to seek out the source of her damage.

Mason has imbued Martha with a glittering intelligence, ...

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