Thursday, September 07, 2017

Books that make you cry

Can you think of any books that made you cry?

I asked my writer friend this yesterday and she said Life and Fate and she described the scene to me that made her cry. It would have made me cry too. I asked for any others and she said there were some, but she couldn't quite - 'Oh! I cried at the end of The Railway Children!'

'That doesn't count!' I said. 'Everyone cries at the end of The Railway Children. And I'm not talking about films.'

'No,' she said, 'I cried at the end of the book as well.'

Fair enough.

Books that have made me cry are:


A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

The Age of Innocence

which also happen to be three of my favourite books.

Another book that makes me cry is my own But I Told You Last Year That I Loved You. I was reading part of that the other day to check how I had dealt with a particular emotion, and I came to the bit about the fire, and that made me cry. I am not sure that counts, though, because it was about something that happened to me, so you'd kind of expect it.

Anyway, the point is, I like a small contained cry when I'm reading. 

What books have made you cry?


Phoebe said...

The ones I can think of offhand are A Mass for the Dead by William Gibson (the Miracle Worker playwright, not the sci fi writer) and After You'd Gone by Maggie O'Farrell. The first is a memoir published a number of decades ago and the latter is the relatively recent novel. Both are beautifully written and very poignant. My mother bought remaindered copies of Mass and we used to give them away. Both IMO are well worth your time.

Sue Hepworth said...

I will look for A Mass off the Dead. Thanks, Phoebe.
I read and very much enjoyed After you'd gone but it didn't make me cry.