BEST SAD BOOKS IN THE MEMORY HOTEL

A list request from @maya for all.
  1. A Long Days Journey Into Night: Eugene O'neill
    "That's what I wanted- to be alone with myself in another world where truth is untrue and life can hide from itself....it felt damned peaceful to be nothing more than a ghost within a ghost." Who ordered the happy meal?
  2. Selected Poems by Mark Strand
    "Even this late the bones of the body shine/ and tomorrow's dust flares into breath."
  3. The Ledge by Lawrence Sargent Hall
    "She, somehow, standing on the dock as in her frequent dream, gazing at the fisherman pure as crystal on the icy boards, a small rubber boot still frozen under one clenched arm, saw him exaggerated beyond remorse or grief, absolved of his mortality."
  4. The Idiot by Dostoevsky
    I read it so long ago and may have altered it drastically but I felt at 13 or so reading it that desire to be accepted; to be one of the ones who are the ones.
  5. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
    "Everyone of us is losing something precious to us, lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back again. That's part of what it means to be alive. But inside our heads- at least that's where I imagine it- there's a little room where we store those memories. A room like the stacks in a library. And to understand the workings of our own heart we have to keep making new reference cards."
  6. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
    The rain has stopped and the air was cold. He stood in the yard. Stars were falling across the sky myriad and random, speeding along brief vectors for their origins in night to their destinies in dust and nothingness. Within the hall the fiddle squealed and the dancers shuffled and stomped.
  7. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
    If you've lost a loved one you'll get it.
  8. Who Will Run the Frog Hospital by Lorrie Moore
    The vanishing of youth and the strength of friendship.
  9. Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker
    About all the ways a life can go right and wrong. And the hopes and follies in the midst of it.