The Year of Magical Thinking


The Year of Magical Thinking is a book written by the author Joan Didion.   It is her response to the sudden passing of her husband John Dunne and surprise illness of her only daughter Quintana. It’s a harrowing but true tale the author faces directly. And yet, the concept of “magical thinking” is that the author keeps planning for her husband’s return. While the topic of death can be challenging, it also can be an opportunity to learn from grief, and therefore, better appreciate the time we are given.


“Life changes in the instant. The ordinary instant.”
― Joan DidionThe Year of Magical Thinking

“Grief turns out to be a place none of us know until we reach it. We anticipate (we know) that someone close to us could die, but we do not look beyond the few days or weeks that immediately follow such an imagined death. We misconstrue the nature of even those few days or weeks. We might expect if the death is sudden to feel shock. We do not expect this shock to be obliterative, dislocating to both body and mind. We might expect that we will be prostrate, inconsolable, crazy with loss. We do not expect to be literally crazy, cool customers who believe their husband is about to return and need his shoes.”
― Joan DidionThe Year of Magical Thinking

“we are imperfect mortal beings, aware of that mortality even as we push it away, failed by our very complication, so wired that when we mourn our losses we also mourn, for better or for worse, ourselves. as we were. as we are no longer. as we will one day not be at all.”
― Joan DidionThe Year of Magical Thinking



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