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As a nonfiction junkie, it's not very often that I take a break to read a novel. But it's nice to mix it up from time to time, and getting lost in a fictional world reminds me that it's okay to read for pure enjoyment. And I think it's probably good for my mental health too.
My latest venture into the world of fiction is Susan Gloss's novel The Curiosities. Set in Madison, Wisconsin, the story follows a young woman named Nell as she struggles to process the loss of a child and her subsequent fertility problems. When she accepts a job as the director of an artists' colony, she's thrust into an unusual community of artists, each struggling with their own demons.
From infertility and grief to depression, opioid addiction and cancer, Gloss doesn't shy away from the tough stuff. The characters in The Curiosities rally together to face challenges that inevitably influence their art, creating something beautiful from the broken pieces of their lives.
If you're looking for an entertaining yet relevant read during Mental Health Month, check out The Curiosities and brew a cup of Crème de la Berry green tea from Simpson & Vail.