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The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
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I don't think I decided to read this book because I was looking for comfort and that's a good thing, because comfort is not what I found. I found that I'm not unusual. That Ms Didion and I are *cool*. My step-daughter said to me "I hope I can be as calm and cool as you when my life is falling apart". I'm not sure that is a complement, but what is one to do when their husband is dying from cancer? We know what the end result will be and have done everything to have our *ducks in order* .. something I don't believe Ms. Didion got to do since her husband died suddenly from a massive heart attack. I made notes as I read .. things like "I need to be alone so that he could come back" ... "grief happened. Mourning, the act of dealing with grief, required attention" ..." the relentless succession of moments during which we will confront the experience of meaninglessness itself" ... "a single person is missing for you and the whole world is empty". Beautifully written. A definite help. Grief and mourning is so personal. Each person/culture different. In the words of the Chicago Sun-Times "She has given the reader an eloquent starting point in which to navigate through the wilderness of grief."
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Brendan Howard Beautiful review.


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