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The Joy of Funerals: A Novel in Storiesby Alix Strauss
Synopses & Reviews
With mordant humor, Alix Strauss explores our most basic need for connection in nine short stories. Begun as a ?Lives? column in The New York Times Magazine and reminiscent of the successful HBO show ?Six Feet Under.?
"This honest, dark, sly book does reading the Obits one better. It dares us to admit to ourselves that there is a peculiar kind of comfort born in the wake of a death, a universal communion that serves to remind us that we, in fact, are still alive." Cynthia Kaplan, author of Why I?m Like This
"Don't miss this darkly comic novel about funerals, sex and loss... The Joy of Funerals is original and moving." Libby Schmais, author of The Perfect Elizabeth
A collection of interconnected stories concerning funerals and the strange pull they exert over a group of thirty-something women looking for human connection.
A young widow who lusts, a daughter who aches, a shopaholic who hungers...The Joy of Funerals is a riveting collection that explores the lives of nine young women, each willing to take drastic measures to fill the voids created by longing and loneliness. The first eight face death differently, while the ninth woman Nina ties them all together by attending funerals in her search to connect with others.
Written with raw wit, mordant humor and a uniquely penetrating voice, Strauss turns the spotlight on loss and grief. In the vein of Six Feet Under, this is a provocative look into the inner world of those left behind, and those still holding on.
Begun as a Lives column in the New York Times Magazine, The Joy of Funerals is a riveting look into the disturbing lives of nine young women, each willing to take drastic measures and demonstrate extreme behavior to fill the voids created by longing and loneliness. The first eight face death differently, from Leslie, who grieves for her dead husband by having random sex with mourners she finds at a cemetery, to the unnamed woman who can't stop believing that her recently deceased date was perhaps the perfect man. The ninth woman, Nina, ties them all together by attending these funerals in her search to bond with others. Throughout this dazzling collection, Strauss, with her mordant humor reminiscent of "Six Feet Under," and penetrating voice, explores how our most basic need for connection shapes and defines us.
About the Author
Alix Strauss is a lifestyle trend writer whose articles have appeared in The New York Times and many other periodicals. This is her first novel. She lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
Recovering Larry — The way you left — Shrinking away — Addressing the dead — Post-dated — Versions of you — Swimming without Annette — Still life — The joy of funerals.
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