Luckily, I did have time to finally finish "The Year of Magical Thinking" by Joan Didion, and it was such a great read!
I was inspired to read "The Year of Magical Thinking" because of the writing class I took last semester, in which we read pieces by Didion. What I love about Didion's writing is that it is so simply beautiful. She didn't need to shout her story, or lace it with flowery prose, she told it how it was, with such plain and beautiful honesty.
"The Year of Magical Thinking" is a memoir that details Didion's life after the death of her husband. It is a startling portrait of grief and loss, and speaks volumes to anyone who has ever experienced either of those emotions. Didion captures sadness, anger, regret, dread, hope, and love with perfect clarity.
What was so powerful about this book for me was that I am currently taking a sociology class on the experiences of grieving and dying. Reading papers by sociologists who have studied what it means to feel grief, however, is not the same as a writer communicating the feeling itself. Didion shows grief for what it is, which is not inherently something to be studied, but a profoundly human emotion that wants and needs to be felt.
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