In this inspiring masterpiece, bestselling author Susan Cain shows the power of ‘bittersweetness’ – a tendency toward sorrow and longing, an acute awareness of passing time, and a piercing joy when beholding beauty. But what are the powers of a bittersweet, melancholic outlook? she asks. And why has our culture been so blind to its value? Bittersweetness recognises that light and dark, birth and death – bitter and sweet – are forever paired. As ‘Bittersweet’ shows, our obsession with happiness is not making us happy, healthy, or whole. It’s only by embracing our darker emotions – as well as the light – that we discover our deepest meaning and connection, love and joy. It can change the way we work, the way we create and the way we love – for it is the hidden source of our love stories, moonshots and masterpieces.

ISBN: 9780241300664 Author: Cain, Susan Publisher: Viking Publication Date: 21st April 2022 Imprint: Viking Cover: Hardback Dewey: 152.4 (edition:23) Pages: 296 Language: English Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subjects: , ,


In her inspiring new masterpiece, the author of the bestselling phenomenon Quiet describes her powerful quest to understand how love, loss and sorrow make us whole – revealing the power of a bittersweet outlook on life.

Bittersweetness is a tendency towards states of longing, poignancy and sorrow; an acute awareness of passing time; and a curiously piercing joy at the beauty of the world. It recognizes that light and dark, birth and death – bitter and sweet – are forever paired.

If you seek out beauty in your everyday life . . .
If you find comfort or inspiration in a rainy day . . .
If you react intensely to music, art and nature . . .

Then you probably identify with the bittersweet state of mind.

With Quiet, Susan Cain urged our society to cultivate space for the undervalued, indispensable introverts among us, thereby revealing an untapped power hidden in plain sight. Now she employs the same mix of research, storytelling
and memoir to explore how embracing the bittersweetness at the heart of life is the true path to creativity and connection.

Cain shows movingly how a bittersweet state of mind – though we’ve been blind to its value – is the quiet force that helps us transcend our personal and collective pain. It can change the way we live, the way we work and the way we love. If we realize that all humans know – or will know – loss and suffering, we can turn towards one another.

At a time of profound discord and personal anxiety, Bittersweet brings us together in deep and unexpected ways.

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