The Best of Us

The Best of Us

A Memoir

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In a memoir of learning to understand true love through the experience of loss, the author describes finding the love of her life in her late fifties, only to lose him to pancreatic cancer less than three years into their marriage.

McMillan Palgrave

From New York Times bestselling author Joyce Maynard, a memoir about discovering strength in the midst of great loss--"heart wrenching, inspiring, full of joy and tears and life." (Anne Lamott)

In 2011, when she was in her late fifties, beloved author and journalist Joyce Maynard met the first true partner she had ever known. Jim wore a rakish hat over a good head of hair; he asked real questions and gave real answers; he loved to see Joyce shine, both in and out of the spotlight; and he didn't mind the mess she made in the kitchen. He was not the husband Joyce imagined, but he quickly became the partner she had always dreamed of.

Before they met, both had believed they were done with marriage, and even after they married, Joyce resolved that no one could alter her course of determined independence. Then, just after their one-year wedding anniversary, her new husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. During the nineteen months that followed, as they battled his illness together, she discovered for the first time what it really meant to be a couple--to be a true partner and to have one.

This is their story. Charting the course through their whirlwind romance, a marriage cut short by tragedy, and Joyce's return to singleness on new terms, The Best of Us is a heart-wrenching, ultimately life-affirming reflection on coming to understand true love through the experience of great loss.


From New York Times bestselling author Joyce Maynard, a memoir about discovering strength in the midst of great loss--"heart wrenching, inspiring, full of joy and tears and life." (Anne Lamott)

Baker
& Taylor

The New York Times best-selling author of To Die For describes what it was like to find the love of her life only to lose him to pancreatic cancer one year into their marriage.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2017
ISBN: 9781635570342
Branch Call Number: B MAYNARD 2017
Characteristics: viii, 437 pages ; 25 cm

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AL_JANE Jul 26, 2017

This book will stay in my mind for a long time. If you're looking for a good, tragic, true love story, this would be it.

If you're looking for a book to put your own life in perspective, this would be a good one. I, for one, now know that I have NO problems of any magnitude. It's nice to be reminded of that. Although blessed with far more financial resources than anyone I know, in the end, that didn't make any difference. What everyone of any level of means will be able to relate to is love and loss.

Amazingly, it's both a somber book and one that astonished me. This couple did more traveling and activities with one spouse diagnosed with pancreatic cancer than I think I do in full health. Against all odds, they really lived and loved every day of their life together. Remarkable.

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