Planet Claire by Jeff Porter audiobook

Planet Claire: Suite for Cello and Sad-Eyed Lovers

By Jeff Porter
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Planet Claire is the story of the untimely death of the author's wife and a candid account of the following year of madness and grief. With Claire's death, Jeff Porter tries to imagine life without her but struggles with the bewilderment that follows. There was no gradual transition, no chance to say goodbye or resolve unfinished business. The grief is crushing, her death the psychological equivalent of Pearl Harbor. As Jeff's life unravels, he analyzes his sadness with growing interest. He talks to Claire as if to evoke a presence, to mark a space for memory. He reports on his daily walks and shares observations of life's sadness, while reminiscing about various moments in their life together. Like Orpheus, the author searches for a lost love, and what he finds is not the dog of doom but flashes of an intimate symmetry that brighten the darkest places of sorrow. Planet Claire takes listeners on a journey of sorrow that recalls memorable works by C. S. Lewis (A Grief Observed), Joan Didion (The Year of Magical Thinking), and Julian Barnes (Levels of Life). Planet Claire, however, is also playful, quirky, and self-ironic in a way that challenges the genre's traditional solemnity.

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Summary

Planet Claire is the story of the untimely death of the author's wife and a candid account of the following year of madness and grief. With Claire's death, Jeff Porter tries to imagine life without her but struggles with the bewilderment that follows. There was no gradual transition, no chance to say goodbye or resolve unfinished business. The grief is crushing, her death the psychological equivalent of Pearl Harbor.

As Jeff's life unravels, he analyzes his sadness with growing interest. He talks to Claire as if to evoke a presence, to mark a space for memory. He reports on his daily walks and shares observations of life's sadness, while reminiscing about various moments in their life together. Like Orpheus, the author searches for a lost love, and what he finds is not the dog of doom but flashes of an intimate symmetry that brighten the darkest places of sorrow.

Planet Claire takes listeners on a journey of sorrow that recalls memorable works by C. S. Lewis (A Grief Observed), Joan Didion (The Year of Magical Thinking), and Julian Barnes (Levels of Life). Planet Claire, however, is also playful, quirky, and self-ironic in a way that challenges the genre's traditional solemnity.

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Editorial Reviews

An inherently absorbing, thoughtful and thought-provoking read, "Planet Claire: Suite for Cello and Sad-Eyed Lovers" is laced with unexpectedly effective blend of humor and heartbreak, love and loss, that is as intimately personal as it is recognizably universal. The result is an account that will linger in the mind and memory long after the book itself is finished and set back upon the shelf. While unreservedly recommended for community library Death/Grief/Bereavement collections. Midwest Book Review

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Author Bio: Jeff Porter

Author Bio: Jeff Porter

Jeff Porter is the author of the memoir Oppenheimer Is Watching Me. His essays have appeared in Antioch Review, Isotope, Northwest Review, Shenandoah, Missouri Review, Hotel Amerika, Wilson Quarterly, and Contemporary Literature, among other journals. Porter is an associate professor in English at the University of Iowa.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Family & Relationships
Runtime: 9.20
Audience: Adult
Language: English