The Year of Magical Thinking

The Year of Magical Thinking

Audiobook CD - 2005
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""Life changes fast. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends." These were among the first words Joan Didion wrote in January 2004. Her daughter was lying unconscious in an intensive care unit, a victim of pneumonia and septic shock. Her husband, John Gregory Dunne, was dead. The night before New Year's Eve, while they were sitting down to dinner, he suffered a massive and fatal coronary. The two had lived and worked side by side for nearly 40 years. The weeks and months that followed "cut loose any fixed idea I had about death, about illness, about probability and luck-- about marriage and children and memory-- about the shallowness of sanity, about life itself." In The Year of Magical Thinking, Didion explores with electric honesty and passion a private yet universal experience. Her portrait of a marriage-- and a life, in good times and bad-- will speak directly to anyone who has ever loved a husband, a wife, or a child" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minn. : HighBridge, p2005
ISBN: 9781598870053
159887005X
Branch Call Number: CD B DID
Additional Contributors: Caruso, Barbara

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joliebergman
Dec 10, 2014

A heartbreaking and beautiful story “… about the shallowness of sanity”. Both a recommended and not recommended story for anyone who has had to live a year thinking magically after losing a loved one or watched, in deafening and helpless horror, an intubated loved one from an ICU doorway - I think it all depends on the what wave of grief the reader is currently caught in. For anyone who has not experienced such a year, I think this story would serve has a nice reminder that “staying strong” during an emotional crisis is overrated and, in my personal opinion, harmful. The griever should grieve loudly, whole-heartedly, all over the place - and everyone should let them do so without judgment.

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