Book Review: The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Life changes fast. Life changes in the instant. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends.

That’s the epigraph of Joan Didion’s latest book The Year of Magical Thinking.

Didion lost her husband to a heart attack one night at dinner and this is her account of grappling with grief. It’s a sparkling work that my poor words will never do justice to.

Didion is one of America’s best living writers so it’s not surprising that nearly every page is gripping, inspiring, and emotionally moving.

As she says, you never really know grief until it comes. It came to Joan Didion, and I doubt there’s a modern book that so poignantly captures the feeling. If, after reading The Year of Magical Thinking, you aren’t convinced in the power of human love and the sanctity, preciousness, and privilege each living day affords, you are probably not human.

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