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A Widow's Story: A Memoir

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26 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

This memoir is about Ms. Oates' efforts to move on from the unexpected death of a loved one

In February 2008, Ontario review Editor Raymond Smith was not feeling well so his wife of almost five decades noted author Joyce Carol Oates drove him to the Princeton Medical Center. He was diagnosed with pneumonia and admitted as a patient. Both he and his spouse ex...
In February 2008, Ontario review Editor Raymond Smith was not feeling well so his wife of almost five decades noted author Joyce Carol Oates drove him to the Princeton Medical Center. He was diagnosed with pneumonia and admitted as a patient. Both he and his spouse expected him to come home in a few days. Instead he developed an infection and died one week later.

This memoir is about Ms. Oates' efforts to move on from the unexpected death of a loved one. Everything reminded her how alone she had become and how much she missed her beloved partner. Ms. Oates confesses she initially expected Raymond to appear any moment to help her with the physical and monetary impacts of his death. However, as she wept agonizingly slowly through the passes of grieving, she realized it is the little things in life that enabled Joyce Smith to survive the biggest tragedy she ever faced. This is an insightful first-hand look at grieving as Ms. Oates confirms grief is personally customized to the loving survivor.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on February 1, 2011

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5 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

Really? Another Memoir?

Joyce Carol Oates, if ever brave, was so at the start of her career. Now, long since the lost days, Oates has authored what I currently consider a vanity. This memoir, or any reflective musings, are best practiced and penned by anyone other than a writer. It adds nothin...
Joyce Carol Oates, if ever brave, was so at the start of her career. Now, long since the lost days, Oates has authored what I currently consider a vanity. This memoir, or any reflective musings, are best practiced and penned by anyone other than a writer. It adds nothing to a life lived reading subjective plodding texts, inclusive of every cankering slight, life shift, the unfortunate death of a spouse or a sudden awareness that the entire populated earth has experienced. Leave the author to her niche, though indeed unrecognized by the larger awards, her short stories and the dentist to his legitimately earned memoir.

posted by ChrisRoberts on February 15, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    Very very long journy

    The first few hundred pages were engaging...the rest took me weeks to slog through only necause i dojnt giveup on a book easily..i love this woman and what she has experienced but it became a ramble

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Not Great

    Not great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    I definitely can understand her pain, and I am well acquainted w

    I definitely can understand her pain, and I am well acquainted with grief. But the writing -- stream of consciousness -- made it difficult to feel engaged. I understand she felt overwhelmed by the gifts, but instead of recognizing the sincere caring and love that they represented...she literally just trashed them. I did not identify with her anger at the delivery men and the seemingly put-upon anger at throwing everything old. I understand anger as a stage of grief, but for heaven's sake: angry at the cats? I am not done yet, though I do intend to finish it. Part of my discomfort with parts of the book could be simply the fact that I, unfortunately, chose the holiday season to begin reading it; I had to put it aside often, as this has been a difficult time in my own life, and I need to be upliftted. Poor timing on my part. (The referring to herself in the third-person, as "The Widow," was a bit disturbing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    I just could not finish this book. I lost interest  reading all

    I just could not finish this book. I lost interest  reading all the e-mails (too personal) and the poetry readings. Redundant in her use of the word "widow" pushed me over the edge. Sorry

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