The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

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It should be depressing, to read about someone grieving for a loved one. But weirdly, this book isn’t. It is the very powerfully told story of what happens to the author when she loses her partner of forty years to a massive heart attack.
There are no easy answers, no cheap comforts, no silver linings, and yet the book is wonderfully, and strangely, uplifting. I think it’s the lucidity of the narration that actually gives meaning to such tired clichés as “death is part of life” or “time heals everything”. It may well be that writing that writing this book was therapeutic for Joan Didion – I hope it was – but I’m pretty sure it has helped other bereaved people too.
An unexpectedly good book. Given the topic, I would never have picked it, had it not been warmly recommended.

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