The Year of Magical Thinking

The Year of Magical Thinking
Posted by Katie Huffman on Sat, 11/19/2011 - 4:30pm

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In 2003 author Joan Didion's husband, John Gregory Dunne, dies unexpectedly from a heart attack.  The year that follows is a year of "magical thinking," as Didion can't help but expect her husband of 40 years to walk through the door.  This touching memoir provides a bittersweet account of Didion's journey and ultimately becomes a celebration of their marraige.  Didion's stark account is unembellished and manages to avoid the sentimentality that similar memoirs frequently feature.

For those of you who have already read this book, take a look at Didion's latest, Blue Nights, in which she struggles with the death of her daughter.