A Widow's Story In a narrative as searing as the best of her fiction, Oates describes the aftermath of her husband Ray's unexpected death from pneumonia. Scattershot moments… A Widow's Story In a narrative as searing as the best of her fiction, Oates describes the aftermath of her husband Ray's unexpected death from pneumonia. Scattershot moments… 2011-02-15 Memoir Nonfiction Ecco Press
Book Review

A Widow's Story (2011)

Joyce Carol Oates
EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Feb 15, 2011; Writer: Joyce Carol Oates; Genres: Memoir, Nonfiction; Publisher: Ecco Press

In a narrative as searing as the best of her fiction, Oates describes the aftermath of her husband Ray's unexpected death from pneumonia. Scattershot moments stand out — the day she cancels their 30-year subscription to The New York Times, unable to bear the sight of his favorite paper; her fury at the tulips, harbingers of spring, pushing through the snow ("Too soon! This is too soon!"); the night she weans herself from Lorazepam. A Widow's Story is the painful, scorchingly angry journey of a woman struggling to live in a house "from which meaning has departed, like air leaking from a balloon." A
Originally posted Feb 09, 2011 Published in issue #1142 Feb 18, 2011 Order article reprints
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