Title: Meredith, Alone
Author: Claire Alexander
Publisher: Grand Central Publisher
Genre: Literary Fiction
This one has been featured on my grid a couple of times, made my 2022 favorite’s list, and I chatted about it during a @bookfriendsbookclub happy hour. It’s about time I finally reviewed it! I’ve been terrible lately at needing extra time sitting with my thoughts for favorite books and then just not getting to them in a timely fashion. I promise to do better in 2023!!!
But let’s talk about Meredith. Meredith hasn’t left her house in 1,214 days. She has a remote job, a cat named Fred, a best friend with kiddos that visits, has her groceries are delivered, an online chat group, and plenty of books & puzzles to keep her busy. She absolutely is not lonely. (So she says) The one thing she wishes she didn’t have were memories of a traumatic event and an estranged sister who used to be her best friend.
Things begin to change for her when a charity group comes to her home weekly to check in on her and challenges Meredith to leave her home.
“Telling me not to worry is like telling me not to breathe.”
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book handles difficult topics of sexual assault, rape, abuse, self harm (cutting), anxiety, and agoraphobia with such grace and care. I was invested in Meredith’s journey and healing. Sure there is some sadness in this story, but it always felt hopeful to me. Excellent writing. The true sign of a talented author for me is how well they can write secondary characters and this author nailed it. I highly recommend this one. Know the content warnings and when you’re in the mood for a somber book full of hope. This book deserves more hype and buzz!
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