The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

This book is a raw and honest exploration of grief and mourning, written by a woman who lost her husband of 40 years to a heart attack while their only child lay comatose in the hospital. The narrative delves into the year following her husband's death, a year marked by grief, confusion, and a desperate hope for things to return to normal. The author's poignant reflections on death, love, and loss serve as a powerful testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

The 588th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 1207

Since this book was first published in 2005, there is a penalty of 49.6%. The age adjusted score is 608.33.

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