Finding Fellow Solitudes

NPR did a round-up of recent fiction about solitude. I selected one to read because of this line, about a widow:

Celia Cassill is a young widow who has retreated from the world in the wake of her husband’s death. She rents out three apartments in her building, but other than collecting payment and addressing tenant complaints, she keeps to herself. “American life asks us to engage in an act of triumphant recovery at all times,” she says, which is her own way of saying she’s divorced herself from such social expectation.

 

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2 thoughts on “Finding Fellow Solitudes

  1. I love that last line of that same review you quoted. “…by the end of the book, she begins to understand the price of a life “mastered too well.” That speaks to me. I’ve never been to the NPR website and I’ve bookmarked it for the future.

  2. I’ve started the book and I’m enjoying it. It’s “keenly observed,” as they say.

    And if you’ve just discovered the npr website, you’re in for a treat. Even if you just stick with their arts and life section, there are all sorts of reviews and interviews presented in fairly good humor. Even the commenters are decent. On this post, somebody makes a grumpy comment, then one of the authors replies to gently call him out, and he concedes.

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