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A Depression of One's Own: Daphne Merkin's 'This Close to Happy"

In "This Close to Happy" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Daphne Merkin, novelist ('Enchantment') and essayist ('Dreaming of Hitler' and 'The Fame Lunches') has written a compelling chronicle of her traumatized childhood and an adult life marked by repeated bouts of severe depression. Although it would be easy to characterize Merkin's memoir as part of an established…

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