Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York edited edited by Sari Botton

I fell in love with Sari Botton’s anthology, Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York. Personal essays being my genre of choice and city life my favourite topic, I felt like these essays were written for me. I was so happy when she released a follow-up.⁣

Like the first, Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers on Their Unshakable Love for New York features a diverse set of writers with very different stories. Each one presents a realistic version of life in a city usually romanticised.⁣

Reading this while actually in New York was an excellent choice. Through these essays I‘ve come to know the city a little better. I’ve noticed and come to understand the vacant looks of passer byes, the romance of the subway, the magic of the New York mundane, and the feeling that anything could happen at any given moment.⁣

The only downside to reading this anthology? I feel saddened I have not and probably will not experience living in New York myself. But thanks to the editor, and of course the wonderful contributors (who I’ve gone on to reading their other work), my dreams of living life here are a little clearer.

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