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Lonely Lawyer's Book Documents Her Isolation

If you are overwhelmed by loneliness, it may not seem like the best move to quit your job, become a writer and move to a remote home in Newfoundland. But that is exactly what former lawyer Emily White did. Long having wanted to be a writer, and suffering chronic loneliness, White left her job as an environmental lawyer in Canada and wrote a book, aptly titled, "Lonely: A Memoir."

Emily-white-vert-col "When I became incredibly lonely in my early thirties, I found myself at the library, searching for a book that set out loneliness in personal, immediate terms," White explains on the book's Web site. "I wanted to see someone else describing themselves as lonely, just so that I wouldn’t feel so alone and peculiar in struggling with the state. When I couldn’t find the book I was looking for, I decided to write it myself."

This week, Publishers Weekly described the book as "an astonishingly forthright work by a Canadian lawyer [that] traces her painful personal journey through chronic loneliness in light of social taboos and changing cultural and medical notions." Kirkus Reviews calls the book "a sophisticated inquiry" and says, "White makes the case that loneliness deserves attention and respect as a legitimate condition."

In a FAQ on her site, White answers the question, "Did it make you feel lonelier, writing about loneliness every day?" She had anticipated that it would, she answers. "The odd thing was that it didn't. ... It sounds odd to say this, but the book became something of a friend to me."

The book will be released on March 9, where it will be available on, among other places. Until then, you can read about loneliness at White's blog and read an excerpt from the book on her site.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on January 26, 2010 at 03:08 PM | Permalink | Comments (6)


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