What does a writer do after her husband of forty years collapses of a massive coronary event while she is mixing the salad at the dinner table? She writes. If that writer is Joan Didion, she writes an intelligent, searching memoir of her first year of life without. Without her husband and co-writer, John Gregory Dunne. Without the support of their daughter, Quintana, who is in a coma when her father dies. Without clarity. Without answers. She describes that period as The Year of Magical Thinking. The year begins a few days after John's death, when Didion types her first reactions in a new file on her computer: Life changes fast. Life changes in the instant. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends. The question of self-pity.
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Issue: "Does God believe in Atheists?" March/April 2006 Vol. 15 No. 2 Page number(s): 42-43
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