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The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork
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really liked it

Sometimes the best novels are the quietest novels. Especially when it comes to heavy topics like depression, suicide, substance abuse, etc. The Memory of Light is just such a novel. It's so quiet one can almost think it's devoid of emotion and yet that's its most powerful message. When you're depressed, much of the time things are muted and not loud. There isn't always a reason or one event that created the one moment that finally caused you to decide to end things. You can't explain why. And there's no magical moment when all is well again. There's no magical cure. It's ongoing and it's hard. And like all paths, it's curved and windy.

This book does such a good job of representing depression in the quiet way in which it can destroy your life, your choices, and your hope. In the slow and steady giving up of everything you care about. In the unwillingness to fight back or to even disagree. In the lack of caring. And what I loved best is that there wasn't a magical ending. Some glimmers of hope and a lot of hard truths. The reality that it's a long journey.

I loved reading this and recommend it for both those depressed and those trying to understand depression of their loved ones.
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Reading Progress

January 20, 2019 – Shelved
January 20, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
April 28, 2019 – Started Reading
April 29, 2019 – Finished Reading

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