The White Hart Speaker Series: Daphne Merkin - THIS CLOSE TO HAPPY

Event date: 
Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
The White Hart Inn
15 Undermountain Road
Salisbury, CT 06068
The White Hart Speaker Series is presented in collaboration with Oblong Books & Music & Scoville Memorial Library
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This Close to Happy is the rare, vividly personal account of what it feels like to suffer from clinical depression, written from a woman’s perspective and informed by an acute understanding of the implications of this disease over a lifetime.

Taking off from essays on depression she has written for The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine, Daphne Merkin casts her eye back to her beginnings to try to sort out the root causes of her affliction. She recounts the travails of growing up in a large, affluent family where there was a paucity of love and of basics such as food and clothing despite the presence of a chauffeur and a cook. She goes on to recount her early hospitalization for depression in poignant detail, as well as her complex relationship with her mercurial, withholding mother.

Literary critic Daphne Merkin is a former staff writer for The New Yorker, and a regular contributor to Elle. Her writing frequently appears in The New York TimesBookforumDeparturesTravel + LeisureWVogueTablet, and other publications. Her previous books include Enchantment, a novel, which won the Edward Lewis Wallant Award for best novel on a Jewish theme, and two collections of essays, Dreaming of Hitler and The Fame Lunches; the latter was one of The New York Times Book Review’s Hundred Notable Books of the Year. Author image by Tina Turnbow.


This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374140366
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 7th, 2017