Title: Sorrow and Bliss
Authors: Mason, Meg
Genre: Fiction: New Zealand
Pages: 341
Year: 2020
Language: English
Description: What on earth is the matter with her? From childhood through to adulthood, Martha is renowned for her spikiness. To be honest, even though there is wit and charm, she is just plain difficult. Even her husband Patrick, who has loved her since he was fourteen, can't seem to make her happy.

Narrated by Martha and laced with a vein of dark humour, this is a poignant story with clever writing that sensitively handles the complex realities of mental illness, from the sorrow to the bliss and everything in between.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"I loved it."

"Very readable and an important topic done cleverly."

"The characters are wonderfully well-drawn and the reader relates to them as if they're real people."

"I recommend this book very highly."

"There is a lot of humour in the way the book is written, despite the dark spectre of mental illness always there as a saboteur."

"The writing is very clever and engaging."

"The book is about someone suffering from severe intermittent mental illness which may be challenging for some, but it is sensitively dealt with."

"I really enjoyed the story and the writing style and have now sought out the author's first book."

"Lots of f… words."

Categories: Fiction - New Zealand, Contemporary, Medical/Health, Relationships, England, UK, 2022 Titles


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