A young widow who lusts, a daughter who aches, a shopaholic who hungers…The Joy of Funerals is a riveting collection that explores the lives of nine young women, each willing to take drastic measures to fill the voids created by longing and loneliness. The first eight face death differently, while the ninth woman Nina ties them all together by attending funerals in her search to connect with others.
Written with raw wit, mordant humor and a uniquely penetrating voice, Strauss turns the spotlight on loss and grief. In the vein of Six Feet Under, this is a provocative look into the inner world of those left behind, and those still holding on.
“The desire for human connection runs throughout Alix Strauss’s dark and spirited novel, The Joy of Funerals.” – Vanity Fair