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  • Published: 12 April 2022
  • ISBN: 9781948226608
  • Imprint: Catapult
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $27.99

The Lonely Stories

22 Celebrated Writers on the Joys & Struggles of Being Alone



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 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

  • Published: 12 April 2022
  • ISBN: 9781948226608
  • Imprint: Catapult
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $27.99

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Praise for The Lonely Stories

Praise for The Lonely Stories: "This profound collection shines light on the different facets of being alone, a condition of modern life that predates the pandemic and will continue beyond. It's a gorgeous, illuminating exploration of the ways in which connection is crucial to survival and creative expression can heal." —Suleika Jaouad, author of Between Two Kingdoms "Surprising, sly, heart-stopping, celebratory—the essays in The Lonely Stories evoke the gamut of emotions, in the way of isolation itself. A timely, and lasting, collection." —Claire Messud, author of The Burning Girl Praise for Eat Joy: "The essays in Eat Joy are so sharp, so real, so beautiful, so full of heartbreak . . . Each is an extraordinary act of generosity." —Helen Rosner, food correspondent for The New Yorker "Natalie Eve Garrett's Eat Joy does this magical thing where it makes you remember the tastes of the heaviest times in your life, while reminding you that everyone on earth has experienced the taste of love and loss, though none of our tastes are the same. This is the first collection that ever made me want to sensually eat, cook, write, and thank all the wonderful makers of the most memorable memories in my life." —Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy

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