The Year of Magical Thinking

Finished Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking and it was great. At times I felt a little too wishful thinking but for the most part it was honest and looked closely at the loss she felt on losing her husband of 40 years. I'm moved and was brought to tears several times.

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

I don't know what to say to convince you to read this book. Joan and John Dunne where married for 40 years and both worked at home together for all but 5 months of that time. They had a daughter, Quintana, who was in a New York ICU in a coma when her father dies. Complication ensue. Joan is both fragile and strong, stoic and searching.

She describes "vortexes" as she calls them. Something in the environment reminders her of a past event with John. In the year after his death she chronicles her quest for answers to questions she discovers. She attempts to reconstruct the events around 9pm December 30, 2003. 

The "vortexes" and the reconstruction of the events are so honest and relevant. Available in the library. Read this book. It will move and support your life. Relationships are important, special, give life meaning.