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"A gorgeous, painful, exhilarating debut."

—Kirstin Valdez-Quade




From a bracing new voice comes this life-affirming memoir of a daughter making and remaking her life in her mother’s image.

*Belletrist Book Club Selection

*Amazon Best Memoir of the Month

*Book Riot's Most Anticipated Books of 2019

*Entropy Magazine's Best Nonfiction Books of 2019

"Exquisite" —Los Angeles Times 

"Stunning" —New York Times Book Review

"For fans of A Year of Magical Thinking" —Woman's Day

"How can a memoirist take as her subject such a dark night of the soul―a simultaneous divorce and the death of a beloved mother―and forge such greedy, life-affirming grace? Sarah McColl’s dense and lyrical narrative vignettes are rich with insight and enlivened with humor. Joy Enough will fill every reader with joy." —Beth Ann Fennelly, author of Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs

“Oh, my heart. Joy Enough is a stunningly beautiful and meditative map of loss―a mother, a marriage, an idea of what life is supposed to be. In prose both poetic and laser-focused, Sarah McColl gives us the seemingly small and gut-punch memories that make up the truth about living through loss and living through love: a garden, a grocery list; a regret, a realization; that thing he said that we wish we could forget and that thing she said that we’ll carry with us for the rest of our goddamn lives. I will carry this book with me for the rest of my goddamn life: a manual, a friend, an inspiration.” —Megan Stielstra, author of The Wrong Way to Save Your Life

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