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The Year of Magical Thinking



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Author
Didion, Joan
Descriptors
Grief
Memoirs
Memories
Nonfiction
Location/Setting:
California
New York (City)
Time Period:
2000s
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Summary
Joan Didion, critically acclaimed author and essayist, spent her days writing in the same home within calling distance of her husband, the writer John Gregory Dunne. They shared a deep and enduring love. The day before New Year's Eve in 2003 and just after returning home from visiting their only child, who was hospitalized in septic shock, John died of a massive heart attack. This memoir is Joan's journey into `magical thinking,` a time when she still believed that John would return to her. Her memories and reflections on their life together bring her out of her shock and numbness and into her time of grief.
Critique
Crystal clear rendering of memories and grief. Honest, yet beautiful and lyrical. This memoir is very difficult to read as the reader knows that Didion will experience even more heartrending loss with the death of her daughter in the summer of 2005. Didion decided not to change the book to reflect her daughter's death, but to keep it as it was written. Highly recommend.
ISBN
140004314X
  iBistro
# of Pages
240
Published
2005
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Reviewer's Initials: RW


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