Grief is for People

Sloane Crosley

£10.99

Jo recommends:

“Grief is for People subverts the normal grief memoir with this tender, sharp, dark and funny exploration of loss. When her flat is burgled and exactly a month later her best friend Russell dies by suicide, she loses her sense of surety in the world and feels that the two are somehow linked. Expertly describing her subsequent feelings of loss including superstition, obsession, premonition and compartmentalising, Crosley chronicles these unusual textures of grief that appear outside of the ‘normal’ stages with a wry humour. This book is part quest for meaning, part amateur detective story, but mostly a truly remarkable and nuanced rendering of her friend and a loving friendship.”

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Potent and propulsive, a lyrical meditation on loss and what comes after – TARA WESTOVER

For most of her adult life, Sloane and Russell worked together and played together as they navigated the corridors of office life, the literary world, and the dramatic cultural shifts in New York City. One day, while Russell is still alive, Sloane’s apartment is broken into. Along with her most prized possessions, the thief makes off with her sense of security, leaving a mystery in its place.

When Russell dies exactly one month later, his suicide propels her on a wild quest to right the unrightable, to explore what constitutes family and possession as the city itself faces the staggering toll brought on by the pandemic.

Crosley’s search for truth is frank, darkly funny, and gilded with a resounding empathy. Upending the ‘grief memoir’ in this deeply moving and surprisingly suspenseful portrait of friendship, Grief Is for People is a category-defying story of the struggle to hold on to the past without being consumed by it. A modern elegy, it is a book about loss packed with verve for life, rising precisely to console and challenge our notions of mourning during these grief-stricken times.

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