@emeegee Did you ever read her essay "Love of my Life"?
@KeLynn I was kind of relieved that there weren't more stories like that? I mean, I was expecting it to be one huge sob fest of poignant moments, like a super long version of that one column of hers about what advise she'd give herself when she was 22. I liked that the change and healing that happened to her on the hike was kind of slow burning, almost imperceptible, and that there wasn't a great 'aha' moment where all of a sudden things got better or easier but just that she slowly recovered enough to be able to go on. And I like that that was how she wrote it. It was different in that aspect from her columns, which I agree can be a bit self-absorbed sometimes but are always so incredibly tender and warm and seem to emanate strength (I think she gets away with the self-absorption because she's always still focussed on helping her readers, and one gets a feeling that she actually feels their pain), but I don't think I could read a whole memoir written in that style.
YOU GUYS I JUST READ CHERYL STRAYED'S MEMOIR ('WILD') AND IT WAS AMAZING AND NOW I WANT TO HIKE FOR 3 MONTHS ALONE AND HEAL AND BE SOMEHOW CONNECTED TO HER PSYCHICALLY.
Her Sugar columns are the most tender internet writings ever. She is amazing.
@Marzipan I once googled this guy I had just started dating who was a writer (and had been my writing teacher – HOT) and I found out he had been on one of my favourite tv shows! Like, was a regular cast member! I didn't tell him I knew or that I had ever watched the show until seven years later. I don't know why?
@PistolPackinMama Me too! I have read it about three times and I cannot tell you a single thing about it except that there's a green light at the end of a dock and it takes place in a place hilariously called West Egg. Every time anyone mentions a major theme/plot point I am completely shocked. Bootlegging?! A hit and run?! Gatsby murdered?! WHAT? I must black out after reading the first line.
@ba-na-nas 'Runaway' is one of my all-time favourite stories, too. I also loved how gothic and almost sinister Too Much Happiness was. Alice Munro is perfect.
@PistolPackinMama Yep, she made me want (and start to) write short stories. I used to work in a bookstore and there is one line in 'Nashville Gone to Ashes' that I would read aloud to customers if they showed any sort of interest: "Here's a trick I found for how to finally get some sleep. I sleep in my husband's bed. That way the empty bed I look at is my own". And then my heart hits the ground.
@okaycrochet OMG THE RIVER. alsdkjf;asdkjfals;dj. That is all I can say about that.
'The Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried' by Amy Hempel takes my breath away every time I read it. And Dorothy Parker's short stories, which always seem so glib and frivolous on the surface but ultimately carry the weight of the human condition. Oh and Breece D'J Pancake: so haunting and achingly tender. Short stories are my jam.
@anachronistique My jaw dropped when I saw the skeleton! Maybe we can all share it?