The Year of Magical Thinking

The Year of Magical Thinking

The Play

Book - 2007
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In this dramatic adaptation of her award-winning, bestselling memoir Joan Didion transforms the story of the sudden and unexpected loss of her husband and their only daughter into a stunning and powerful one-woman play
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2007.
Edition: First Vintage International edition
ISBN: 9780307386410
Characteristics: 62 pages ; 21 cm.


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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.

AL_HOLLYR 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.

Jul 30, 2012

Engaging narrative.

May 22, 2012

It is the only title that this book could have. If you have ever gone through a death or divorce this book will show you that you are not alone. It is worth reading.

Dec 07, 2010

a year of the author's life dealing with grief

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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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Feb 10, 2011

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