Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason

Sorrow and Bliss presents itself as a light and witty observation of Martha's tense-yet-tender relationships with her family and husband (who is so kind-hearted it hurts).  But beneath this levity lies something even heartier.  Mason explores Martha’s objection to motherhood, her experiences with mental illness, self and societal labelling, family secrecy and guilt, sisterly bonds, hopelessness and shame – all with the guile and wit of a seasoned comedian.  It is this perfect balancing act which makes it a gift to read.  This is an intelligent, forthright novel about hope in the face of darkness. A must-read. – Georgia