By David Guterson
From the best-selling writer of Snow Falling on Cedars: a poignant, looking out memoir approximately one man's fall into melancholy within the wake of a countrywide tragedy, and his courageous fight to come to normalcy.
Like many of the state and the area, David Guterson awakened on Tuesday, September eleventh, 2001, now not considering historical past was once approximately to alter. He was once in Washington, D.C., with a gaggle of fellow writers, comparing furnish functions for the nationwide Endowment of the humanities. yet sooner than their paintings day had even began, the Pentagon used to be bombed; the dual Towers have been down in ny urban; and havoc used to be wreaked irrevocably on our collective feel of happiness, protection, and nationwide satisfaction. Scrambling to get out of the town and again domestic any means he may, David, in addition to fellow writers, rented a vehicle and drove 2,600 miles around the state to Seattle. however the assaults caused whatever inside of him, a pervasive feeling of hopelessness, worry, despair--a scientific melancholy that that will no longer depart. He misplaced curiosity in his paintings, kin, friends--his existence. encouraged by way of William Styron's masterful Darkness Visible, Guterson's Descent is the searing account of 1 man's envelopment by way of the darkest of human feelings, and his tunneling out. robust, excessive, and deeply felt, it really is right now own and universally illuminating--a confession from a very good literary brain who takes us on a trip of what it seems like, and skill, to lose one's snatch at the world--and to discover it once again, no matter if via fumbling at the hours of darkness.