The End of the Story (2004), Lydia Davis
A relatively obscure title (I think), The End of the Story is a novel about writing The End of the Story itself, and The End of the Story is a non-linear account of a very self-aware woman’s short relationship with a man. In the novel, she describes both the process of writing the novel as well as the relationship itself (it’s meta I know, which I think is currently in fashion). These plot layers are presented in a pretty organized, easy-to-understand way, and so the breadth of her story expands to encompass more than just a woman’s short relationship with a man. What’s really satisfying for the depressed individual with The End of the Story is Davis’ detached manner of exploring her feelings about the romantic interest combined with her analysis of her exploration of her feelings about the romantic interest. It really is a very interesting novel.