They can be hard to have. We worry about the other person’s reaction. Will they be hurt or angry? We worry about our own reaction. Will we hear something we don’t want to hear? Candid conversations are hard to have…
Fiction, that’s what. If your nightstand is full of self-improvement and earnest non-fiction, consider finding some good fiction. Fiction offers plenty of lessons in life and human character, as well as geographical or historical insights. It’s also a great source of pleasure and escape.
I’m a sucker for 19th century English literature: Thomas Hardy, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell etc. By the way, why isn’t Gaskell more famous? A contemporary of the Brontes, she is much less well known. Check out “Wives and Daughters”, a wonderful read.
As spring gets started, for denizens of the Northern Hemisphere at least, make a list of fiction to get stuck into. Maybe pair it with vacation locations this summer and look for local authors or great writing set in that location. I’m heading to Rhode Island in June and will be building a list of Golden Age writers, not a difficult task.
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