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Sorrow and Bliss
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Born in New Zealand, MEG MASON began her career at the Financial Times in London before switching to The Times to write on lifestyle, parenting and humour. After relocating to Australia, she continued to write for a range of publications that include the Sydney Morning Herald, Cosmopolitan and GQ. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Sydney.

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Evocative and hopeful.--Book Riot, 5 Contemporary Literary Fiction Books That Are Game-Changers
"A truly comic novel about love and the despair of depression. It's a rare and beautiful thing when an author can break your heart with humor; it's also the quality I admire most in a writer." --Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, New York Times bestselling author of The Nest and Good Company
Sorrow and Bliss is a thing of beauty. Astute observations on marriage, motherhood, family, and mental illness are threaded through a story that is by turns devastating and restorative. Every sentence rings true. I will be telling everyone I love to read this book. --Sara Collins, Costa First Novel Award-winning author of The Confessions of Frannie Langton
Completely brilliant, I loved it. I think every girl and woman should read it.--Gillian Anderson
I really loved Meg Mason's SORROW AND BLISS, which is sometimes very sad and often very funny and ultimately hopeful.--Linda Holmes, New York Times bestselling author of Evvie Drake Starts Over, via Twitter
Patrick Melrose meets Fleabag. Brilliant.--Clare Chambers, author of Small Pleasures
Sharp yet humane, and jaw-droppingly funny, this is the kind of novel you will want to press into the hands of everyone you know. Mason has an extraordinary talent for dialogue and character, and her understanding of how much poignancy a reader can take is profound. A masterclass on family, damage and the bonds of love: as soon as I finished it, I started again.--Jessie Burton, New York Times bestselling author of The Miniaturist
Meg Mason's unflagging comic impulses drive this novel about the havoc a woman's mental illness wreaks on her marriage.--Shelf Awareness (starred review)
Sorrow and Bliss is a brilliantly faceted and extremely funny book about depression that engulfed me in the way I'm always hoping to be engulfed by novels. While I was reading it, I was making a list of all the people I wanted to send it to, until I realized that I wanted to send it to everyone I know.--Ann Patchett
"Examines with pitiless clarity the impact of the narrator's mental illness on her closest relationships. . . . Mason brings the reader into a deep understanding of Martha's experience without either condescending to her or letting her off too easily. . . . An astute depiction of life on the psychic edge."--Kirkus Reviews
Brutal, tender, funny, this novel--a portrait of love in all of its many incarnations--came alive for me from the very first page. I saw myself here. I saw the people I love. I am changed by this book.--Mary Beth Keane, New York Times bestselling author of Ask Again, Yes
Exploring the multifaceted hardships of mental illness and the frustrating inaccuracy of diagnoses, medications, and treatments, Sorrow and Bliss is darkly comic and deeply heartfelt . . . Martha's voice is acerbic, witty, and raw.--Booklist (starred review)
So dark, so funny, so true. You will see your sad, struggling, triumphant self in this deeply affecting novel. What a debut.--Laura Zigman, author of Separation Anxiety
"Mason excels in her heartbreaking U.S. debut, an account of a woman's self-discovery amid her struggle with mental illness. . . . Witty and stark, Martha's emotionally affecting story will delight fans of Sally Rooney."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Sorrow and Bliss is hilarious, haunting, and utterly captivating. Meg Mason has created a heroine as prickly as Bernadette in Where'd You Go, Bernadette. Her humor is as arch and wise as the best work of Joan Didion and Rachel Cusk, yet completely original. What a thrilling new voice!"--Amanda Eyre Ward, New York Times bestselling author of The Jetsetters
An incredibly funny and devastating debut. . . . enlivened, often, by a madcap energy. Yet it still manages to be sensitive and heartfelt, and to offer a nuanced portrayal of what it means to try to make amends and change, even when that involves 'start[ing] again from nothing.'"--The Guardian
"The book is a triumph. A brutal, hilarious, compassionate triumph."--Alison Bell, cocreator and star of The Letdown
This is a romance, true, but a real one. It's modern love up against the confusing, sad aches of mental illness, with all its highs, lows, humour and misery. Comparisons to Sally Rooney will be made, but Mason's writing is less self-conscious than Rooney's, and perhaps more mature. Her character work is outstanding, and poignant--the hairline fractures, contradictions and nuances of the middle-class family dynamic are painstakingly rendered with moving familiarity and black humour, resulting in a combination as devastating and sharply witty as Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Fleabag.--Bookseller+Publisher

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