The Year of Magical Thinking

By Joan Didion
Read by Barbara Caruso

5.18 Hours 10/06/2005 unabridged
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Didion’s journalistic skills are displayed as never before in this story of a year in her life that began with her daughter in a medically induced coma and her husband unexpectedly dead due to a heart attack. This powerful and moving work is Didion’s “attempt to make sense of the weeks and then months that cut loose any fixed idea I ever had about death about illness…about marriage and children and memory…about the shallowness of sanity about life itself.” With vulnerability and passion, Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience of love and loss. The Year of Magical Thinking will speak directly to anyone who has ever loved a husband, wife, or child.

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Summary

Summary

Oprah Pick for Best Memoirs of a Generation

Winner of the 2005 National Book Award for Nonfiction

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Audie Award Finalist for Best Autobiography/Memoir Narration

A 2006 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Biography/Autobiography

A 2005 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

A 2005 Time Magazine Top 10 Book

A 2005 New York Times Top 10 Book

A New York Times bestseller

A USA Today bestseller

Didion’s journalistic skills are displayed as never before in this story of a year in her life that began with her daughter in a medically induced coma and her husband unexpectedly dead due to a heart attack.

This powerful and moving work is Didion’s “attempt to make sense of the weeks and then months that cut loose any fixed idea I ever had about death about illness…about marriage and children and memory…about the shallowness of sanity about life itself.” With vulnerability and passion, Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience of love and loss.

The Year of Magical Thinking will speak directly to anyone who has ever loved a husband, wife, or child.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Can one call an audio performance ravishing? That’s what Barbara Caruso delivers in this perfect marriage of writing and narration…In a voice as warm and clear as wildflower honey, Barbara Caruso speaks Didion’s words as if they flow straight from her own heart. It’s subtly done: a smile in the voice when the line is witty, an intake of breath before pain. Caruso sounds fascinated. And we are engrossed from first word to last. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“An act of consummate literary bravery, a writer known for her clarity allowing us to watch her mind as it becomes clouded with grief…It also skips backward in time [to] call up a shimmering portrait of her unique marriage…To make her grief real, Didion shows us what she has lost.” Time
“A living, sharp, and memorable book…An exact, candid, and penetrating account of personal terror and bereavement…Sometimes quite funny because it dares to tell the truth.” New York Times Book Review
“Some of the plainest, yet most eloquent prose you’ll ever encounter. Everyone who has ever lost anyone, or will ever lose anyone, would do well to read it.” Seattle Times
“Achingly beautiful.” Los Angeles Times
“Unforgettable…Both personal and universal. She has given the reader an eloquent starting point in which to navigate through the wilderness of grief.” Chicago Sun-Times
“A work of surpassing clarity and honesty.” Washington Post Book World
“An exacting self-examination…Also a heartbreaking…love letter, engrossing in its candor…Didion illuminates the bond between husband and wife.” Boston Globe
“Stark and engrossing.” San Francisco Chronicle
“It’s a work that touches on surprisingly uncharted territory…a work of much majesty.” Christian Science Monitor

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Author

Author Bio: Joan Didion

Joan Didion is a New York Times bestselling author whose many books include The Year of Magical Thinking, winner of the National Book Award. She graduated from the University of California at Berkley and moved to New York after winning a contest at Vogue. Her first novel, Run River, was published to much acclaim in 1963. Her first nonfiction work was Slouching towards Bethlehem, which Alfred Kazin called “some of the best prose written today in this country.”

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 5.18
Audience: Adult
Language: English