Tall And True Short Reads
The Last Book That Made You Cry
Episode 33 (13 September 2021)
Penguin Books Australia posted a question on Facebook in August 2017: What is the last book that made you cry? The books could evoke tears of joy or sadness, and I immediately thought of three books, all for the latter category. And here are my top three tearjerkers.
The Last Book That Made You Cry
Season Two: Episode 33 (13 September 2022)
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As I explained in the Season Two trailer for this podcast, in addition to short stories, I’m expanding Tall And True Short Reads to feature my blog posts and other writing from the Tall And True website.
Fittingly for this first episode of Season Two, The Last Book That Made You Cry was the first blog post I shared on Tall And True in August 2017. And it was inspired by a question posted by Penguin Books Australia on Facebook: What is the last book that made you cry?
Tuesdays with Morrie, Marley & Me, and The Book Thief sprung to mind. Recollections of being “Mr Mom” with my toddler son and of a dear departed dog amplified the tugging of heartstrings over the first two nonfiction tear-jerkers. And an interest in World War Two history and skilful writing by Marcus Zusak had me emotionally invested and weeping reading The Book Thief.
I’ve read many books since 2017. And the most recent that made me cry is another work of fiction, The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams. I shed tears towards the end and closed the book wanting to know more about the characters. How had their lives played out? And subsequently, I posed this question to Pip Williams in a readers’ event run as part of ABC Radio National’s Big Weekend of Books for 2021.
As I observed in The Last Book That Made You Cry blog post, writers should strive to engage and move their readers to tears of joy — or sadness. Tuesdays with Morrie, Marley & Me, and The Book Thief did this for me, and so did The Dictionary of Lost Words. And, in a further example of a good goal for writers, Pip Williams had me concerned about her characters beyond the book.
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