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The Year of Magical Thinking


From one of America's iconic writers, a portrait of a marriage and a life -- in good times and bad -- that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a ... Show synopsis

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David P

For the bereaved

by David P on Feb 28, 2013

If someone you know has lost someone close and is having trouble sorting out his or her feelings, give him or her this book. It helped me IMMENSELY to get through the first month after my partner of 41 years died. More


A great help

by JVHREV on Nov 10, 2011

Ms. Didion's book has helped me to deal with the loss of my partner of 53 years who disappeared into thin air on May 7th this year. The shock of reading in print exact thoughts that continue to run through my mind is in a mysterious way liberating. One should not be afraid of investigating all the ... More


It's All About Death

by Goodhomecook on Feb 20, 2009

Heavy with saddness and loss, the author's journey after the death of her husband and terrible sickness of her daughter, has resonance for anyone who has suffered a loss. For me, there were alot of More


Grief and Its Derangements

by rejoyce on Aug 13, 2007

Joan Didion's Year of Magical Thinking is a memoir of grief. It recounts the sudden death of her husband John Gregory Dunne, with whom she was married for almost 40 years, and their daughter Quintana's serious illness. The eponymous "magical thinking" refers to the irrationality of grief--Didion refused ... More


Year of Magical Thinking

by flutterby on Jun 7, 2007

After enduring a very tough 18 months in her life, Didion wrote about her experience with coping, stress and eventual grief. Although slow in some parts, it is incredibly revealing as to the mind process that happens when death of a loved one (in this case, her husband) and subsequent serious family ... More

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