Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort During the Time of COVID-19 is a collection of essays, poems, and interviews to serve as a lifeline for negotiating how to connect and thrive during this stressful time of isolation as well as a historical perspective that will remain relevant for years to come.
Ms. Haupt rallied a diverse roster of more than 90 authors to contribute their work to Alone Together, free of charge, including Kwame Alexander, Jenna Blum, Andre Dubus III, Jamie Ford, Nikki Giovanni, Pam Houston, Jean Kwok, Major Jackson, Caroline Leavitt, Ada Limón, Dani Shapiro, David Sheff, Garth Stein, Luis Alberto Urrea, Steve Yarbrough, and Lidia Yuknavitch.
Alone Together is divided into five sections: What Now?, Grieve, Comfort, Connect, and Don't Stop. The overarching theme is how this age of isolation and uncertainty holds the possibility of changing us as individuals and a society.
Narrated by a full cast, including Edoardo Ballerini, January LaVoy, Dion Graham, Julia Whelan, Adenrele Ojo, Emily Woo Zeller, Thérèse Plummer, Ron Butler, Adjoa Andoh, Christian Barillas, Almarie Guerra, Cynthia Farrell, and Dawn Harvey.
"Alone Together showcases the human desire to grieve, explore, comfort, connect, and simply sit with the world as it weathers the pandemic. Jennifer Haupt's timely and moving anthology also benefits the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, making it a project that is noble in both word and deed." (Ann Patchett, best-selling author, bookseller, and Ambassador for The Book Industry Charitable Foundation)
"Alone Together connects writers, readers, and booksellers in a wonderfully imaginative way. It's a really good book for a really good cause." (best-selling author James Patterson)
"Alone Together is an important work that has emerged from a very dark time. The writing is as beautiful as it is varied. These are powerful messages of unity and hope in a time of isolation and despair." (Kevin O'Brien, NY Times best-selling author)
"These intimate stories of people reacting to a variety of losses are served well by the efforts of these voice actors; their performances seem animated by a deep well of empathy for writers and audio listeners alike. With the pandemic still ravaging what all of us used to call our normal lives, this is an audio that will make a lot of traumatized and isolated listeners feel less alone." (Audiofile Magazine)