Joy Enough: A Memoir

Joy Enough: A Memoir

Sifting gingerly through memories of her late mother, brilliant newcomer Sarah McColl has penned an indelible tribute to the joy and pain of loving well. Even as her own marriage splinters, McColl drops everything when her mother is diagnosed with cancer, returning to the family farmhouse and laboring over elaborate meals in the hopes of nourishing her back to health. In a series of vibrant vignettes—lipstick applied, novels read, imperfect cakes baked—McColl reveals a woman of endless charm and infinite love for her unruly brood of children.


Mining the dual losses of both her young marriage and her beloved mother, McColl confronts her identity as a woman, walking lightly in the footsteps of the woman who came before her and clinging fast to the joy she left behind. With candor reminiscent of classics like C. S. Lewis’s A Grief Observed, Joy Enough offers a story that blooms with life.

Title:Joy Enough: A Memoir
ISBN:9781631494703
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    Joy Enough: A Memoir Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    I'm all in for grief memoirs, still, and Joy Enough by Sarah McColl is an honest capture of layered grief - loss of marriage, loss of mother. It's not only bad parts and her past is largely positive, ...

  • Zoe

    Like a cool washcloth on a hot forehead. This was the perfect balm for my own grieving soul....

  • Kayo

    I almost gave up on this book , but so glad I didn't. Very touching, and it just spoke to me. Lovely. So worth it.Thanks you Goodreads for letting me win this book. While I got the book for free,it ha...

  • Jaclyn Hillis

    Joy Enough is a beautifully written memoir about love, and the life and loss of her mother. I received an advanced copy from NY BookCon. ...

  • Kris V Bernard

    “I loved my mother and she died. Is that a story?”This book caught me off guard and pulled me in with that first line. What follows is the story of a mother’s impact on her family, and especiall...

  • Claire Fuller

    Sarah McColl's mother dies, she loved her, she wonders if it is a strong enough story. It certainly is. McColl writes beautifully of love and death in snippets of memory, interspersed with the story o...

  • Kelley

    This was a story that mirrored both my grief for my mother and my grief for my marriage more than anything I’ve read. What a poetic, lyrical and luscious book. And the experience of recognizing myse...

  • Martha Toll

    Here is my review of this book on NPR. https://www.npr.org/2019/01/16/685099......

  • Lisa Cobb Sabatini

    I won an Advance Reading Copy of Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl from Goodreads.I'm reading Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl, readers experience defining moments in the author's life that are...

  • Joy

    Absolutely beautiful memoir from a woman who has lost her mother and divorced her husband. (Although she gets a divorce because she has been unfaithful, and somehow it was surprising and hard to read ...