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It took literary critic and author Daphne Merkin 15 years to finally complete her memoir, “This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression,” a keenly personal examination of her long history with the clinical disorder and the destabilizing childhood that may, or may not, have contributed to her adult despair.
Invited as part of The White Hart’s 2017 Speaker Series in partnership with Oblong Books and Music, Merkin read from passages of her publication to a full room at the inn on Thursday, Feb. 16.
The daughter of Orthodox Jewish German...