A Day Off (1933)
by Storm Jameson
The depiction of loneliness in London is practically a genre itself within the 1001 Books project. Urban anomie is often associated with the rise of existentialism in the 1950s, but English authors depicted this alienation, minus the heavy philosophical overlay, starting in the late 19th century. Jameson's take on this fertile territory is that of a single woman, aging, with no children or spouse. Out of work, she decides to take "A Day Off" to ease her mind, and while doing so she travels back and forth in time, remembering lost lovers and worrying for her future. The feeling of sadness permeates A Day Off, and if a reader has any inclinations in the area of loneliness and anxiety, this book will certainly trigger an interior dialogue with those emotions.