Joy Enough: A Memoir

Joy Enough: A Memoir

Sifting gingerly through memories of her late mother, brilliant newcomer Sarah McColl has penned an indelible tribute to the joy and pain of loving well. Even as her own marriage splinters, McColl drops everything when her mother is diagnosed with cancer, returning to the family farmhouse and laboring over elaborate meals in the hopes of nourishing her back to health. In a Sifting gingerly through memories of her late mother, brilliant newcomer Sarah McColl has penned an indelible tribute to ...

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Title:Joy Enough: A Memoir
Author:Sarah McColl
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:1631494708
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:161 pages pages

Joy Enough: A Memoir Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Jan 20, 2019
    I'm all in for grief memoirs, still, and Joy Enough by Sarah McColl is an honest capture of layered grief - loss of marriage, loss of mother. It's not only bad parts and her past is largely positive, so it isn't all sad, very true to reality. I would give this to a friend strugglin...
  • Jennifer Romolini
    Dec 03, 2018
    Sarah McColl is a gorgeous, generous writer; with the kind of gentleness, warmth, and depth of skill that makes even the most crushingly sad moments in her work feel hopeful and alive. This book is about grief ? but also about love and truth and understanding and discovering who we a...
  • Kelley
    Feb 10, 2019
    This was a story that mirrored both my grief for my mother and my grief for my marriage more than anything I?ve read. What a poetic, lyrical and luscious book. And the experience of recognizing myself and reading my previously unarticulated thoughts and feelings- true gifts. ???...
  • Martha Toll
    Jan 16, 2019
    Here is my review of this book on NPR. https://www.npr.org/2019/01/16/685099... ...
  • Jennifer
    Feb 27, 2019
    3.5 I want to rate this higher. I do. It?s personal and real and relatable. McColl is vulnerable and raw and has talent. The trouble for me came in the structure, the short passages that seemed forced together to impart certain meaning. And the weight of the book felt too front/b...
  • Rachel Aydt
    Mar 05, 2019
    Sarah McColl's book is a gorgeous, unflinching look at love and loss. Her prose is incredibly poetic, and her characters are drawn out in a way that will stay with me for ages. I feel like I've sat with her and her mother at a kitchen table over long, wise conversations and lovingly pr...
  • Sarah
    Feb 19, 2019
    Beautifully written, profoundly sad, a gorgeous tribute to the author?s mom. ?What if I expect too much of life?? I asked. She shrugged. ?So what if you do?? ?I have never had the guts to call my mother?s oncologist. I still don?t want to be permanently on her sh...
  • Kris V Bernard
    Jan 15, 2019
    ?I loved my mother and she died. Is that a story?? This book caught me off guard and pulled me in with that first line. What follows is the story of a mother?s impact on her family, and especially on her daughter, Sarah. The language is rife with beautiful metaphors, and th...
  • Bryan
    Feb 24, 2019
    A sweet and smart memoir that only really scratches the surface of the story. The prose can be a little purple, especially at the beginning, but it mostly works. I wish this was longer and went deeper. ...
  • Zoe
    Jan 02, 2019
    Like a cool washcloth on a hot forehead. This was the perfect balm for my own grieving soul. ...
  • Kimberly
    Mar 11, 2019
    This was a moving memoir that was also a love letter to mother's. Beautiful writing captures how important and wonderful the little moments with the ones we love can be. While also showing how those little moments can add up to big life changes which enable us to come into our own. ...
  • Nessa
    Feb 24, 2019
    This book is wonderful. I haven't read many memoirs, but this is more than a memoir. It is a beautifully written poetic capture of joy, pain, loss, love and growth. It is a short work, but I found myself reading, and then rereading passages to hold them tighter and letter of sit with m...
  • Jessie
    Mar 01, 2019
    I watched McColl's edition of "stacked" on belletrist's Instagram and she talked about all of her own books with such affection; I decided I must read the work of a woman who takes that much pleasure in words. Joy Enough is strangely Dionysian. It luxuriates in language. (I was not sur...
  • Kimball
    Feb 18, 2019
    What does it mean when someone says, ?You are just like your mother?? Sarah McColl tries to find out after she can no longer ask. In a series of memories, Sarah tries to understand how she is like her mom as she comes to terms with both the loss of her mom and the demise of her mar...
  • Jaclyn Hillis
    Jun 04, 2018
    Joy Enough is a beautifully written memoir about love, and the life and loss of her mother. I received an advanced copy from NY BookCon. ...
  • Jessie Adamczyk
    Feb 23, 2019
    Memoirs are tricky beasts. Save the odd, truly sensational story, I believe these monsters only can be conquered by those who are either incredibly talented or obscenely narcissistic. Often times, the writer must be both. McColl, however, does not appear to be either. Her writing s...
  • Lisa Cobb Sabatini
    Dec 21, 2018
    I won an Advance Reading Copy of Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl from Goodreads. I'm reading Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl, readers experience defining moments in the author's life that are at once unique to the writer and familiar to the reader. Recognizing the growing ...
  • Katie Devine
    Mar 17, 2019
    "I loved my mother, and she died. Is that a story?" I was captivated from the first sentence of this lyrical, fragmented memoir, and my attention was held through tears and laughter and heartbreak and joy until even after the final sentence. This is a book that begs to be re-read an...
  • Claire Fuller
    Feb 04, 2019
    Sarah McColl's mother dies, she loved her, she wonders if it is a strong enough story. It certainly is. McColl writes beautifully of love and death in snippets of memory, interspersed with the story of her own failing marriage (I didn't find these elements as strong as those about her ...
  • Kayo
    Dec 30, 2018
    I almost gave up on this book , but so glad I didn't. Very touching, and it just spoke to me. Lovely. So worth it. Thanks you Goodreads for letting me win this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it. ...
  • Hazelj jones
    Jan 22, 2019
    I really enjoyed this book ! Sarah McColl writes with such honest feelings of the journey of her mother's passing and the layers of feelings one has when they know someone they love will soon be gone .A long goodby! A excellent writing and sharing as the daughter goes through the pro...
  • Kim Bakos
    Jan 24, 2019
    This book was a sweet remembrance of the author's mother. I liked her writing style, but found the shifts in time to be a little hard to follow. I found the falling apart of her marriage to be sad since it seems that in some ways they were still in love. Marriage is something to fight ...
  • Bamboozlepig
    Jan 31, 2019
    It was okay, although the bouncing around between past and present was a bit confusing. Some of the writing was overly purple prose, while other parts were beautifully done. But it was still a heartbreaking read as McColl not only tried to deal with her mother's death, but also the dis...
  • Jackie Bergeron
    Feb 16, 2019
    Loved the exploration of what it means when someone says you are just like your mother - something I feel I haven?t read before in a grief novel. Brilliant tone as well (I was expecting this to be morbidly sad.) While I didn?t love the aspect of the story about her ex husband, I do...
  • Raksha Vasudevan
    Mar 11, 2019
    The joy of this book is in its elegant, lyrical sentences and all the surprising facets of a mother-daughter relationship. McColl is a gifted writer, especially in choosing what to leave out - because everything that makes its way into this slim book is a carefully unearthed gem, refle...
  • Joy
    Jan 28, 2019
    Absolutely beautiful memoir from a woman who has lost her mother and divorced her husband. (Although she gets a divorce because she has been unfaithful, and somehow it was surprising and hard to read about a woman being unfaithful.) The book is ~2/3 about her mother?s death and ~1/...
  • Kate
    Feb 23, 2019
    I truly enjoyed the prose McColl wrote in. The story was beautiful & sad. It was a simple memoir of loosing the most important person in McColl's life her mother while her marriage is falling apart. It's a book of self discover & having to pick up the pieces of your life after ...
  • E Emens
    Jan 19, 2019
    This memoir is exquisite. Familiar, precise, and painful; gorgeous, luxurious, and, in rare and surprising moments, laugh-out-loud funny. Anyone who has loved, and then stopped, can relate. Anyone who has loved someone that much, and walked through their dying, can relate. As can anyon...
  • Anne E
    Jan 28, 2019
    I loved this memoir. Sarah speaks of the big things we all experience love and loss with a feminine and poetic voice. This is a book that lingers with you after you are done. I highly recommend reading it. It will make you cry at the fragility of love and at the same time deeply unders...
  • J. Huber
    Feb 04, 2019
    One of the most beautiful books I've ever read. I lost myself in it and emerged both wowed and haunted. It's relatively short but substantive and would make, imho, a great book for a reading group. ...