Join Briallen Hopper, author of Hard to Love: Essays and Confessions, in conversation with Joanna Scutts, author of The Extra Woman: How Marjorie Hillis Led a Generation of Women to Live Alone and Like It. Hard to Love has been described by Literary Hub as a “compelling, smart collection of essays on relationships of many kinds—hoarding, dependence, female friendship, marriage or lack thereof—from a widely published literary scholar.”
Hard to Love is about self-reliance, unbreakable female friendships, being single, dealing with difficult roommates, our relationship to our siblings as adults, tricky relationships with our parents, and even Hopper’s quest to become a mother via sperm donor (it’s Moby-Dick like you’ve never seen it). Hopper values each of these complicated and underappreciated relationships, and reminds us that we can all be surrounded by love, even if we’re romantically unattached.
Hopper has a talent for probing at our deepest emotions, picking apart what it means to love friends, jobs, even inanimate objects. Each essay draws from Hopper’s personal experience and manages to be both funny and wise, peppered with references to highbrow and lowbrow culture. Insights into the work of Joan Didion and Flannery O’Connor sit next to commentary on Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s Sisters and John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. As Publishers Weekly says: “A literature scholar, Hopper cultivates a voice that is sophisticated and analytical, but also earnest and eager.”