Sorrow and Bliss

Author(s): Meg Mason

Aust Fiction | 2021 Bestsellers

Spiky, sharp, intriguingly dark and tender, full of pathos, fury and wit, Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason is a dazzling, distinctive novel from a boldly talented writer. For fans of Sally Rooney, Taffy Brodesser-Akner and Fleabag. This novel is about a woman called Martha. She knows there is something wrong with her but she doesn't know what it is. Her husband Patrick thinks she is fine. He says everyone has something, the thing is just to keep going. Martha told Patrick before they got married that she didn't want to have children. He said he didn't mind either way because he has loved her since he was fourteen and making her happy is all that matters, although he does not seem able to do it. By the time Martha finds out what is wrong, it doesn't really matter anymore. It is too late to get the only thing she has ever wanted. Or maybe it will turn out that you can stop loving someone and start again from nothing - if you can find something else to want.  


This is Martha’s story, she has struggled with life, love, family and a sense of self most of her life. When unable to come out from under her desk at the age of 17yrs old Martha realised that she is missing a vital piece of information, an important tool to navigate the world. Martha struggles with a mental illness, something that cannot be seen so is tricky to diagnose but it affects her every day. Meg Mason as a truth teller, offers us Martha’s story and from page one I was invested. With dark wit and audacity I was invited to walk with Martha as she exposes us to the complexity andcontradictions in people, of life’s ups and downs = sorrow and bliss as the title suggests. Great read that filled me with a sense of hope. Kim


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Longlisted for the Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction - Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2021

Shortlisted for the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2021

ABA Nielsen Booksellers Choice Shortlist 2021

'A triumph. A brutal, hilarious, compassionate triumph.' --Alison Bell, The Letdown

'I just adored this book. It's timely and dark and poignant and funny. It was filled with such eviscerating compassion and rage; I couldn't get enough of it. I inhaled it in a single weekend, unable to put it down. Meg Mason is a searing talent.' --Kate Leaver, The Friendship Cure

'This is a romance, true, but a real one ... as devastating and sharply witty as Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Fleabag.' --Bookseller+Publisher

General Fields

  • : 9781460757222
  • : HarperCollins Publishers Australia
  • : Fourth Estate
  • : 0.428
  • : November 2019
  • : 2.7 Centimeters X 15.6 Centimeters X 23.5 Centimeters
  • : September 2020
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 352
  • : good-very good
  • : 823.92
  • : en
  • : 2009
  • : Paperback
  • : Meg Mason