Book Review – A Widow’s Story: A Memoir by Joyce Carol Oates

A Widow’s Story by Joyce Carol Oates

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Joyce Carol Oates has become one of my favorite authors. Her memoir is honest and brave, describing not only the loneliness and sadness of losing a spouse, but the clinical depression and suicidal ideations, the feeling of not knowing what to do, of having lost her purpose in life, lost without the man she’d been with for over 40 years. I see some reviewers saying it was repetitive and boring – I think the repetition is intentional; it mimics the repetitive nature of her life during those first six months of widowhood. I would recommend this to anyone who has lost someone they’d built their life around, and to anyone who is already a fan of this prolific author.

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