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A Widow's Story
Author: Joyce Carol Oates

ISBN: 9780007388189
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 450
Published: 8 March 2011
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.8 x 3.2
Description:
On a February morning in 2008, Joyce Carol Oates drove her ailing husband, Raymond Smith, to the emergency room of the Princeton Medical Center where he was diagnosed with pneumonia. Both Joyce and Ray expected him to be released in a day or two. But in less than a week, even as Joyce was preparing for his discharge, Ray was dead from a hospital-acquired virulent infection, and Joyce was suddenly faced - totally unprepared - with the reality of widowhood.

A Widow's Story illuminates one woman's struggle to comprehend a life absent of the partnership that had sustained and defined her for nearly half a century. Joyce Carol Oates shares the derangement of denial, the anguish of loss, the disorientation of the survivor amid a nightmare of 'death duties,' and the solace of friendship. She writes unflinchingly of the experience of grief - the almost unbearable suspense of the hospital vigil, the treacherous 'pools' of memory that surround us, the vocabulary of illness, the absurdities of commercialised forms of mourning. Here is a frank acknowledgement of the widow's desperation - only gradually yielding to the recognition that 'this is my life now.'
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