Thursday, January 11, 2007

The Year of Magical Thinking

I’m certain that anyone who follows book publishing, reads books, or visits bookstores has heard about Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking. I just finished the book. It was as good as I heard it was.

The book traces the moment of Joan’s husband’s death through her first year of grief. The narrative often moves back in time to relive certain memories. At the same time her husband passed away, Joan’s daughter became tragically ill and suffered several serious medical setbacks until she entered a rehabilitation center. Readers also encounter the emotional turmoil surrounding the uncertainty of her daughter’s recovery.

It is hard to express how well-written and moving the memoir is. It is not an easy read, but an incredibly compelling one.

P.S. Never underestimate the pathways leading to great books. I purchased my copy of The Year of Magical Thinking from the used bookshelves at my local Goodwill store.


At 13.1.07 , Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Dear Stacy,
The best places of discovery are, indeed, used book stores! It was at the library's store in Cornwall, NY where I first encountered the writings of Dorothy Day of the Catholic Worker Movement. If you ever have the chance, please check out her work.
All the best,
Tom Degan

At 14.1.07 , Blogger stacy said...

Hi Tom,
I have read Dorothy Day's autobiography. I found it very inspiring. She was, indeed, a great woman.
Hope your weekend is going well.


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