The Year of Magical Thinking

The Year of Magical Thinking

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Random House, Inc.
From one of America’s iconic writers, a stunning book of electric honesty and passion. Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage--and a life, in good times and bad--that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child.

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An autobiographical portrait of marriage and motherhood by the acclaimed author details her struggle to come to terms with life and death, illness, sanity, personal upheaval, and grief.

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An autobiographical portrait of marriage and motherhood details the critical illness of her daughter, Quintana Roo, followed by the fatal coronary of her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and her daughter's second bout with a life-threatening ailment, and her struggle to come to terms with life and death, illness, sanity, personal upheaval, and grief. Winner of the National Book Award. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 250,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Vintage books, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400078431
Branch Call Number: B DIDION
Characteristics: 227 p. ; 21 cm


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Oct 25, 2018

I did not like this book at all. I had to force myself to keep reading and then started skimming and finally just put it away. If you like alot of name dropping (she and her husband were involved with Hollywood people) than you will love this book. Plus, she talked more about that life then being a widow. A wonderful book to read about a widower is The Widowers Notebook by Jonathan Sandleter.

Apr 08, 2018

This is a beautifully written, depressing book. Joan Didion describes the year in her life her husband dies and her daughter is struck by two different health emergencies. Although a short read, this book is heart-wrenching and raw.

Jan 30, 2018

We have been given a gift in the form of a narrative of what life is life in grief, then mourning. The pages turn quickly; the feelings are authentic and poignant.

Cynthia_N Aug 24, 2017

Beautifully written. Didion ends the year with her daughter in a medically induced coma and her husband having a fatal heart attack while eating dinner. The book chronicles her first year of grief.

ArapahoeHollyR Jul 25, 2017

A moving, exceptionally-well written account of unthinkable loss.

xaipe Mar 02, 2016

For anyone who has suffered the death of someone deeply loved - parent, partner, child, this is a deeply moving and personal account of how one brilliant writer dealt with her personal tragedy.

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 24, 2015

Didion turns the subject of this memoir -- the year following her husband's death and her adult daughter's serious illness, into what a New York Times reviewer described as a page-turner. Her painful reaction to these events leads to flashbacks from her forty years of marriage and an unfulfillable quest to recover the past. Didion also looks to other authors such as Thomas Mann, C.S. Lewis, Matthew Arnold for solace. An honest look at grief, marriage and motherhood.

Jan 28, 2014

I also found the book hard to put down. I also have been told I appear to have it all together when internally I feel far from whole. I found Joan Didion's insights thoughtful, as they were thought provoking.

Mar 06, 2013

A gripping book. I found it un-putdownable. Only someone insensitive and clueless about grief could call it self-absorbed. I've recommended it to many friends, and they've also found it absorbing. The phenomenon of thinking that the lost person will somehow come back is known to many of us. Didion has lived a long and fascinating life, and she has an ability to write about her life, and life itself, in a way that I find irresistible. I highly recommend this book to conscious readers who seek depth of understanding.

jeanner222 Feb 27, 2013

Grief turns out to be a place none of us know until we reach it.

December 2003 was a difficult month for writer Joan Didion. Her daughter, Quintana, fell ill with pneumonia, which led to septic shock and an induced coma. A few days later, Joan’s husband, John Gregory Dunne, died of a heart attack in their home.

TYOMT focuses on Didion’s attempt to come to terms with her husband’s death and her daughter’s illness. I’m not going to lie: this is one self-absorbed, whiney memoir. I cannot recommend this to anyone. Ever.

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Jan 28, 2014

We are imperfect mortal beings aware of that mortality even as we push it away, failed by our very complication, so wired that when we mourn our losses we also mourn, for better or worse, ourselves. As we were. As we are no longer. As we will one day not be at all.

Jan 28, 2014

Marriage is memory, marriage is is also paradoxically the denial of time. For forty years I saw myself through John's eyes, I did not age.


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