By Joan Didion
Genre Adult not fiction
Joan Didion's recollections and thoughts as recorded the year after her husbands passing.
Life changes fast.
- Obviously I read this one for book club. It's not a book I would normally pick up. I did vote to read this one, though, because, well, look at the title. It leads you to believe this will be a book of hope; a book full of stories of this woman's life and how it changes after her husband dies. Alas, it was not magical at all.
- Random and sad are the best words to describe this book. And maybe repetitive. She kept telling us about the events of her husbands death over and over!
- I'm not heartless. I've never lost a spouse. I can only imagine the pain and despair that would bring me. I did lose my father when I was only 19 and while I grieved, mourned and despaired, it was not at all like this woman. Maybe because it was my father and not my spouse but still.
- How do you flat out say you didn't like a book about a real person's feelings upon losing the love of their life? You can't. I will say, I couldn't connect. I felt no attachment or sympathy for the author and I wanted to. She sounded like she had this perfectly golden life traveling and writing with her husband. She made it sound so beautiful. It didn't match up with the woman we read about in this book...and maybe that's the point.
Should you read it?
No I can't recommend this one. Only to those who love books like this. AKA, memoirs and random notes.