5.0 out of 5 stars
ByJ.C.H.on October 21, 2016
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I found this to be a very interesting read as I love psychology. The author is a lawyer who helps people who have some sort of psychological need in their legal cases in Boston. He compared writing about loneliness and connections to not being able to write about hunger without writing about food. I have been able to see for myself people of all ages experience being lonely. As the author says, Its not just elderly in nursing homes that experience. He gives examples of people from different backgrounds and ages that experience loneliness.
In this book there are 4 seasons of loneliness described. In the Spring, Seth Doe and Ashley Doe’s lives are ruined by incest and sexual molestation. They experience loneliness when a judge takes them from their family and they are placed in separate foster homes. Their adoptive parents then disown Seth and left him to fend for himself in the judicial system until he ages out.
Summer is about a man that was in the prime of his life and how he spent 15 years of his life in solitary confinement in Mao-era China. He is accused of being an American spy by people he trusted while trying to immerse himself into the Mandrin culture.
Fall is about a truck driver who fell asleep at the wheel of his semi-truck and killed a young twenty-six-year-old girl. His only friends were his books as he read literature and other extraordinary authors that keeps him from interacting with anyone in his life.
Winter is about a Professor who wrote about the history of love but forgot to find others in his life to love and to die all alone without any family.