Some readers love a happy ending, while others enjoy escaping into lives that may be much more depressing than their own. If you fall into the second camp, here are four depressing reads that will stay with you for a long time.
The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris. Ferris’ protagonist Tim Farnsworth, a successful partner at a New York law firm, has an undiagnosed disease that compels him to walk… and walk… and walk – often for days and months at a time. Ferris’ novel is lonely and bleak as it depicts Farnsworth’s life falling apart, no match for his condition. Is it mental? Physical? In the end, it doesn’t matter. The destruction of what Farnsworth held dear, and took for granted, is tragic.
Unremarried Widow by Artis Henderson. Unremarried Widow is a compulsively readable and painfully sad memoir about the author’s loss of her new husband to a helicopter accident in Iraq. Henderson, an unconventional military wife, is unflinchingly honest about her loss and disorientation in the months and years that follow.
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. A Thousand Splendid Sunstakes place in Afghanistan, telling the troubled country’s story through the eyes of women experiencing motherhood, love, marriage, abuse, oppression, sacrifice, and freedom. Terrible things happen, over and over again. Afghanistan’s bloody and tragic history, from the Soviet occupation to the Taliban, forms the backdrop for the unimaginable devastation, magnifying the fear and loss that Hosseini’s characters experience.