The Lonely Stories edited by Natalie Eve Garrett

The Lonely Stories edited by Natalie Eve Garrett

$ 16.95

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.

On sale April 19, 2022 ISBN: 9781948226608

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 personal essays illuminates what the experience of being alone is like for all of us. Some of these stories are heartbreaking, such as Jesmyn Ward’s reckoning with the loss of her husband, Imani Perry’s confrontation with chronic illness, 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 alone or Anthony Doerr’s struggles with internet addiction. Still others celebrate solitude and the kind of clarity it can bring about, such as Claire Dederer’s journey toward sobriety and Lidia Yuknavitch’s sensual look at women and desire. Thoughtful and ultimately affirming, The Lonely Stories explores emotions that so often go undiscussed, and lets us all know 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

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.