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The Lonely Stories

Amy has an essay, "The Woman Who Walked Alone," in this collection, published by Catapult Books, about the joys and struggles of being alone.

If you’re feeling lonely or if you’ve ever felt unseen, if you’re emboldened by solitude or secretly longing for it: Welcome to The Lonely Stories. This cathartic collection of essays illuminates an experience that so few of us openly discuss. Thoughtful and affirming, The Lonely Stories reveals the complexities of an emotion we’ve all felt—reminding us that we’re not alone. 

Contributors include:
•  Megan Giddings
•  Claire Dederer
•  Imani Perry
•  Jeffery Renard Allen
•  Maggie Shipstead
•  Emily Raboteau
•  Lev Grossman
•  Lena Dunham
•  Yiyun Li
•  Anthony Doerr
•  Helena Fitzgerald
•  Maile Meloy
•  Aja Gabel
•  Jean Kwok
•  Amy Shearn
•  Peter Ho Davies
•  Maya Shanbhag Lang
•  Jhumpa Lahiri
•  Jesmyn Ward
•  Lidia Yuknavitch
•  Dina Nayeri
•  Melissa Febos

Praise for The Lonely Stories: 

A Fortune Best Book of the Month
The Millions, A Most Anticipated Book of the Month

"Moving." —The New York Times Book Review

"Stories about longing to feel seen, or feeling power in solitude, from some of our favorite writers." —Sophia June, A NYLON Best New Book of the Month

"Wise, wondrous . . . A necessary guidebook in our Covid era." —Hamilton Cain, Oprah Daily

"This collection is a reminder of the commonalities of human experience, an examination of the challenges of a social species, and an uplifting look at how we connect with ourselves when we are alone." —Oh Reader

"Gutsy and illuminating."—Nell Beram, Shelf Awareness

"Absolute must-read essay collection . . . Serving at once as a how-to, therapy, and a literary companion, this collection will bring light to readers." —Booklist (starred review)

"An absorbing, moving, cathartic collection."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Solitude gets the spotlight in this illuminating anthology . . . Garrett has made a subject often feared into something uplifting . . . Fans of the personal essay will want to check this out." —Publishers Weekly