Anne Gisleson | The Futilitarians: Our Year of Thinking, Drinking, Grieving, and Reading
Anne Gisleson had lost her twin sisters, been forced to flee her home during Hurricane Katrina, and watched cancer take the life of her beloved father. Her husband Brad had suffered his own trauma before they met; he lost his partner and the mother of his son to cancer when she was in her early 30s. "How do we keep moving forward," Anne asks, "amid all this loss and threat?" The answer: "We do it together."While forging their happiness, Anne and Brad found that their friends had been suffering their own crises: loved ones gone, rocky marriages, jobs lost or gained. Together they formed what they called the Existential Crisis Reading Group, jokingly dubbed "the Futilitarians." From Epicurus to Tolstoy, from Cheever to Amis, they read and talked about the questions that dogged them most. In the year after her father's death, these living-room gatherings in post-Katrina New Orleans helped Anne blaze a trail out of her well-worn grief and finally share the untold story of her family.
Written with wisdom, soul, and a playful sense of humor, "The Futilitarians" is a guide to living curiously and fully.