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Review of Grief Is for People by Sloane Crosley

Crosley's memoir traces a treasured friendship and the gutting loss of that dear friend. She's vulnerable enough to allow the reader in on her messy, sometimes fantastical, often poignant search for answers, meaning, and hope in the future.


In Sloane Crosley's memoir Grief Is for People, she explores life after the loss of her closest friend.

A month before that horrible loss, her New York City apartment is burgled, and at that time, all of her tenuous physical links to her past and family members--mixed though her emotions may be concerning some of them--are suddenly gone.

She obsesses over trying to track down the robber, can't let go of the fear that he might have targeted her specifically, and feels as though solving the mystery of who stole from her and why could resolve other, larger problems in her life.

Crosley mentally links the theft to the gutting death of her beloved friend, retracing the path of their friendship, her struggle to understand her friend's reasoning and unknown despair, and her deep, dark sense of loss.

The author allows the reader into her mind as she follows a messy, everchanging, zigzagging route toward trying to find answers, toward trying to craft resolutions to open-ended loss, and to trying to somehow move forward.

I was intrigued by Crosley's mindset and the dark humor, devastating grief, and powerful memories she shares here.

I listened to Grief Is for People as an audiobook.

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Sloane Crosley is also the author of Cult Classic, I Was Told There’d Be Cake, The Clasp, Look Alive Out There, and How Did You Get This Number.

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