Dusk Night Dawn by Anne Lamott


“How can we recaputre the confidence we once had as we stumble through the dark times that seem increasingly bleak? How can we cope as bad news piles up around us? Where, Anne Lamott asks, “do we start to get our world and joy and hope and our faith in life itself back…with our sore feet, hearing loss, stiff fingers, poor digestion, stunned minds, broken hearts?”

In Dusk, Night, Dawn, Lamott shows us the intimate and individual ways we can adopt to move through life’s dark places and toward the light of hope that still burns for all of us. As she does in Help, Thanks, Wow and her other bestselling books, Lamott explores thorny issues of life and faith by breaking them down into manageable, human-sized questions for readers to ponder, and in the process showing us how we can amplify life’s small moments of joy by staying open to love and connection.”


Audiobook cover from StoryGraph

I listened to Dusk, Night, Dawn on audio one weekend when I was home alone and looking for something different to read. I was familiar with Anne Lamott but this was the first book of hers that I have read. I immediately loved her writing and storytelling style. The themes she discusses are heavy, but I appreciate that she chooses to talk about them because I think they are things most people think about but never voice.

This is a short book and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a pick-me-up of sorts. It was published in March 2021, which is significant to me because when looking for anything in the self-help or inspirational categories now, I will be looking for things written post-pandemic since life simply is not the same as it was before. I really think Lamott does a good job of conveying that general feeling of hopelessness that so many people have carried within since the pandemic started, but that she does so in a way that makes it feel like something we can overcome.

This was a great book and I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

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