Required Reading: 10 Devastatingly Sad Books

Islands in the Stream by Ernest Hemingway

The first of Hemingway’s posthumously-published work, Islands in the Stream is one of the saddest things Papa put to paper. As we work our way through the deaths of all of stoic Thomas Hudson’s children, we’re also left with the embittered feeling of the futility of war. Life is transient and temporary, sure, but Islands in the Stream makes it feel all the more futile to even try.