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Author: Susan Cain Narrator: Susan Cain Publisher: Random House Audio Audio Length: Release Date: April 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780593506066

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Bitter-sweetness is a tendency to states of long­ing, poignancy, and sorrow; an acute aware­ness of passing time; and a curiously piercing joy at the beauty of the world. It recognizes that light and dark, birth and death —bitter and sweet—are forever paired. 


If you’ve ever wondered why you like sad music . . . 

If you find comfort or inspiration in a rainy day . . . 

If you react intensely to music, art, nature, and beauty . . .


Then you probably identify with the bitter­sweet state of mind.


With Quiet, Susan Cain urged our society to cultivate space for the undervalued, indispensable introverts among us, thereby revealing an un­tapped power hidden in plain sight. Now she em­ploys the same mix of research, storytelling, and memoir to explore why we experience sorrow and longing, and how embracing the bitter-sweetness at the heart of life is the true path to creativity, con­nection, and transcendence.


Cain shows how a bittersweet state of mind is the quiet force that helps us transcend our personal and collective pain. If we don’t acknowledge our own heartache, she says, we can end up inflicting it on others via abuse, domination, or neglect. But if we realize that all humans know—or will know—loss and suffering, we can turn toward one another. 


At a time of profound discord and personal anxiety, Bittersweet brings us together in deep and unexpected ways.

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  • “A sparkling ode to the beauty of the human condition.”

    - Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • “Bittersweet grabs you by the heart and doesn’t let go.”

    - Brené Brown, PhD, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • “An eye-opening take on the underestimated virtues of melancholy…[that] affords the opportunity to channel ‘pain into creativity, transcendence, and love’…”Cain handily traverses fields as diverse as neuroscience, popular music, religion, and business management to find instances of the transformation of pain and longing into fulfillment…A perfect manual for coping with tough times.”

    - Publishers Weekly


  • An Oprah Pick of Most Anticipated Upcoming Books
  • A BookPage Top Pick of 2022's Most Anticipated Books

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About the Author

Susan Cain is a graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School who worked as a corporate lawyer before deciding to write Quiet and then devote herself to the cause of empowering introverts. Her book has been a New York Times Bestseller for well over three years and has won numerous awards. Susan lives with her family on the banks of the Hudson River in New York.