In Gratitude - Jenny Diski
Much of this powerful memoir appeared in Diski's column in the London Review of Books. Diski died in April and she writes here about mortality, oncology treatments and her various hospitalizations for mental illness and drug addiction with a distinctive and intimate voice. But the really fascinating pages explore her years as a troubled teen living in the home of Nobel Laureate Doris Lessing. Why Lessing took her in is far from clear, since she seems to have had some glaring blind spots, and had herself abandoned two of her own children when, as a promising writer, she moved to London. An insightful and memorable book.