This was my first introduction to Joan Didion. The Year of Magical Thinking is a memoir, written in, what I would learn is, Didion’s style of elegant, simple prose. Following her daughter’s sudden illness, and her husband’s sudden death, Didion takes us through her journey of what she calls “Magical Thinking” in the year following her husband, fellow writer, and often creative partner, John Gregory Dunne’s death. Her explanation of Magical Thinking is that particular stage of grieving when you truly believe that there is something you can do to bring your beloved back. As you read the memoir, Didion brings the reader into her protective, beautiful magical bubble and permits you to feel what she is feeling.
I cannot recommend this book strongly enough to anyone, but most particularly, I read it during a period of great grief, and found it to be a comfort.
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Originally intended to simply focus on book reviews, over time, KaliDesautelsReads has morphed into its own entity.
I write about issues that are near to my heart, be they political, feminist, motherhood, mental health, or, as the title holds, books.
A thirty-something Canadian woman in my mid-thirties, I have been "super married" to my high school sweetheart since 2006, and together we have two crazy, clever, kind, hilarious, wonderful kids.
My first book - How Not To Blog: Finding Myself, One Post at a Time is available on Amazon (in eBook formats for you clever tech readers, and paperback for those of us who love that new book smell!)
I have tried a podcast - it's still on Apple and Google Podcasts - but writing is where my heart is.
My life changed dramatically when my husband was diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer in 2018, and I am now a writer for a leading Canadian Cancer Non-Profit.
I am lucky enough to have a family that loves me and pushes me to be my best, even if it is outside of my cushiony comfort zone. I have a village of friends that nourish me, mentally, and spiritually.
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