One of her six favorite books, as told to The Week magazine:
Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael WestRead about the other books on Weldon's list.
A black comedy but with nothing funny about it, a Depression (and depression) novel more apt today than ever, as a young (male) advice columnist takes on board the awfulness of life. Nothing changes. Once read, this book is never forgotten.
Miss Lonelyhearts is one of Ann Patchett's most important books.