Saturday, April 20, 2013
Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace
Difficult. If you’ve ever felt envious of a talented genius, reading D.T. Max’s biography of David Foster Wallace titled, Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story, should stop that from happening again. From childhood until his death by suicide at age 46, Wallace suffered from severe depression, and he was often a difficult person to be with. An addict, a perfectionist and a hard working writer and teacher, Wallace found some things came to him easily, and others were elusive. He found bliss in writing, until he didn’t. He struggled with personal relationships, and sponsored many other addicts in recovery. I thought Max presented this complicated life with as much clarity as a biographer could provide, and with compassion and insight into mental illness. Readers who like to know about the lives of authors are those most likely to enjoy reading this biography. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story from amazon.com.