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Young Widower: A Memoir

Young Widower: A Memoir

by John W. Evans

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Overview

John W. Evans was twenty-nine years old and his wife, Katie, was thirty. They had met in the Peace Corps in Bangladesh, taught in Chicago, studied in Miami, and were working for a year in Romania when they set off with friends to hike into the Carpathian Mountains. In an instant their life together was shattered. Katie became separated from the group. When Evans finally found her, he could only watch helplessly as she was mauled to death by a brown bear.

In such a love story, such a life story, how could a person ever move forward? That is the question Evans, traumatized and restless, confronts in this book as he learns the language of grief, the rhetoric of survival, and the contrary algorithms of holding fast and letting go. His memories of Katie and their time together, and the strangeness of his life with her family in the year after her death, create an unsentimental but deeply moving picture of loss, the brutality of nature, and the unfairness of needing to narrate a story that nothing can prepare a person to tell.

Told with unyielding witness, elegance, and care, Young Widower is a heartbreaking account of a senseless tragedy and the persistence of grief in a young person's life.

John W. Evans, a recent Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, teaches creative writing at Stanford. His award-winning work appears in Slate, the Missouri Review, ZYZZYVA, and the Rumpus.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803249523
Publisher: Nebraska Paperback
Publication date: 03/01/2014
Series: River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

John W. Evans, a recent Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, teaches creative writing at Stanford. His award-winning work appears in Slate, the Missouri Review, ZYZZYVA, and the Rumpus.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

How Lives Go On 1

There Are No Words 17

Losing the Marriage 27

Young Americans 39

The Legend of a Life 53

Flush 85

The Number Line 101

The Circle Game 115

Erasing the Room 127

Cognitive Bandwidth 141

Tying the Knot 151

Rehearsals for Departure 165

Alone to Tell Thee 177

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