In her celebrated 2001 collection, My Misspent Youth, Meghan Daum offered a bold, witty, defining account of the artistic ambitions, financial anxieties, and mixed emotions of her generation. The Unspeakable is an equally bold and witty, but also a sadder and wiser, report from early middle age.
In My Misspent Youth Daum reveals the absurdities of the marriage-industrial complex, of the New Age dating market, and of the peculiar habits of the young and digital with perfect precision. Elsewhere, she writes searchingly about cultural nostalgia, Joni Mitchell, and the alternating heartbreak and liberation of choosing not to have children.
Combining the piercing insight of Joan Didion with a warm humor reminiscent of Nora Ephron, Daum dissects our culture's most dangerous illusions, blind spots, and sentimentalities while retaining her own joy and compassion.
Named a Best Book of the Year: The New York Times Book Review, Buzzfeed, Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, Slate, Brain Pickings, Bustle, People, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Huffington Post, and PopSugar.
Picador will be reissuing Daum's cult classic collection, My Misspent Youth, to coincide with The Unspeakable's paperback publication.