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The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
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Dec 22, 2011

really liked it
Read from December 15 to 21, 2011

Author Joan Didion's account of the year following her husband's sudden death from a heart attack, while their only daughter is also gravely ill. My sister said people in her book club didn't like the book because Didion's wealth and rather glamorous life--traveling the world, staying in luxury hotels, an apartment in New York--made her experience unrelatable. But this book isn't about the universal experience of widowhood, it's about Didion's experience of widowhood. It's such a beautifully written book, made even more sad with the knowledge that after publication their daughter died, that I can easily accept the occasional pretentious, overly literary intellectual reference that may have stymied the book club members.

Didion has recently written a follow-up, Blue Nights, about Quintana's death, that I have to read next.

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message 1: by Judy (new)

Judy Aha, reverse snobbery. After my mother died I was so glad I had read this book because it explained my own mind to myself.

message 2: by Amy (new) - rated it 2 stars

Amy I keep picking this up thinking I should read it.

Lee Anne You should.

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