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The Books Briefing: Susie Boyt, ‘Loved and Missed’

The Books Briefing: Susie Boyt, ‘Loved and Missed’

This is an edition of the revamped Books Briefing, our editors’ weekly guide to the best in books. Sign up for it here. When my children were very young, friends standing on the precipice of parenthood would ask me to reveal what it was like, what I could report from a country that was still exotic to them. I’d look through eyes rimmed red from sleep deprivation and utter some well-worn cliché. The drudgery of it all was easy enough to explain, I’d say, understandable even to someone who didn’t have children: You repeat a million little tasks in service of a tiny, ungrateful human being, and then the next day you have to do it all over again. You feel slightly obliterated by this. But—and here my eyes would widen as much as they could—it’s harder to convey the joy. Novels about parenting seem to agree; in book after book, raising children seems akin to living in a “penal colony of toy-straightening and carrot-steaming,” Hillary Kelly writes in an essay this week. What a …