The Year of Magical Thinking

The Year of Magical Thinking

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The Year of Magical Thinking is Joan Didion's accounts in her life following the death of her husband John Gregory Dunne, and her attempts to make sense of her grief while tending to the severe illness of her adopted daughter, Quintana.

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What the community says about The Year of Magical Thinking

  • Sarah Gardner
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "What a wonderful book!"
  • Ruth Taylor
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "The geological imagery conveys the disparity of scale between any mortal intelligence and those immense, lethal gulfs and mountains"
  • Ethan Rose
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "A very thought provoking book. Beautifully written. Almost brutally honest about the process of grieving. Good one to buy for other people who have lost a spouse."
  • James Johnson
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "The book is one of those that manage to hit nerves. This is the type of book that will allow individuals to grow and prepare for the loss of a loved one. Often times one feels alone when a someone close to us dies, but, this book helps alleviate this pain of loneliness. The book is sincere, raw, and real. This is a book I would recommend to those who have experienced the loss of a loved one and well, anyone who's expecting the loss of a loved one too. "
  • Aurora Zepeda
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I have been lucky enough, so far in my life, to avoid the type of grief discussed in this memoir. However, I have no doubt that all readers can find a common pain while reading the brilliant writing of Joan Didion. Her story is incredibly moving and very well told."
  • Rogelio Vega
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "How to struggle with loss and love is a difficult topic, but the author of this book tries to make sense of it where she can. Having just lost her true love in her husband, she is left to ponder the reasons of the hows and whys of life and to see reason in them. It exemplifies the best of human kind in their struggle to see a bigger purpose than themselves and the author articulates their thoughts and emotions well enough to inspire others to look for the positive in our own existence."
  • Kai Long
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This book was very well written, although difficult to read on an emotional level. You really feel for the main character, and even if you haven't gone through the same things the sympathy feels more empathetic."
  • Tyler Thomas
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "The Year of Magical Thinking is an amazing novel especially for anyone in grieving. This book is an absolute must read. "
  • Ethan Williamson
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "Although this may not be the book for anyone at anytime, it is well written and would be a much needed book for someone. It is an honest look at the life of a person who lost a spouse from their point of view. At some parts of the conversation, you feel like you could be having a face to face conversation with a grandmother, mother or aunt. A good read and something that could be very theraputic for those who shared a similar loss in life. "
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