The Year of Magical Thinking

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Click for availability and more information The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion

Her husband's death while their daughter was in the hospital in a coma started a year of disorientation for the author, who shares it with us in this enlightening and moving story. As a person accustomed to being able to manage all crises/problems, she found herself in a situation where "I had no answers. I had no prognosis. I did not know how this had happened." She gave away her husband's clothes, but saved a pair of shoes because he would need them when he came home. Later she realized that it took four months for her to move from grieving to mourning. "Grief turns out to be a place none of us know until we reach it." "Nor can we know ahead of the fact...the unending absence that follows, the void, the very opposite of meaning, the relentless succession of moments during which we will confront the experience of meaninglessness itself."

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