The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion (2005)


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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