This poignant memoir following the unexpected death of Joyce Carol Oates’ husband is eloquent, sometimes painful, and so very, very real. I can tell you first-hand that her words ring true, and accurately describe the feelings of losing a spouse.
Sometimes it’s the big things –being overwhelmed by grief, panic and incomprehension. Other times it’s the smaller things—a pair of glasses, a favorite book, the sound of a car door closing but nobody coming through the door – that stop you in your tracks. For those who have lost a spouse or intimate partner, read it when you are ready.
For those of you fortunate not to have lost a spouse – read it now. Life is short and precious. Live and love now.

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