For next month we picked two depressing reads that we’ve been meaning to read for quite a while now. The weather is dreary and dark, so we figured our book club will be as well! But besides dark, they’re also supposed to be beautiful, heartbreaking and very well written. So whatever books we’ll read next month, make sure you have tissues at hand and a pen to underline some amazing quotes.
All My Puny Sorrows
Elf and Yoli are two smart, loving sisters.
Elf is a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, happily married: she wants to die.
Yoli is divorced, broke, sleeping with the wrong men: she desperately wants to keep her older sister alive.
When Elf’s latest suicide attempt leaves her hospitalized weeks before her highly anticipated world tour, Yoli is forced to confront the impossible question of whether it is better to let a loved one go.
Miriam Toews’s All My Puny Sorrows, at once tender and unquiet, offers a profound reflection on the limits of love, and the sometimes unimaginable challenges we experience when childhood becomes a new country of adult commitments and responsibilities.
Everything I Never Told You
Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.
So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos.
A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.
Which one do you want to read next month?
- All My Puny Sorrows 57%, 12 votes12 votes 57%12 votes - 57% of all votes
- Everything I Never Told You 43%, 9 votes9 votes 43%9 votes - 43% of all votes