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My husband died, my life collapsed On a February morning in , Joyce Carol Oates drove her ailing husband, Raymond Smith, to the emergency room of the Princeton Medical Center where he was diagnosed with pneumonia Both Joyce and Ray expected him to be released in a day or two But in less than a week, even as Joyce was preparing for his discharge, Ray was dead from a hospital acquired virulent infection, and Joyce was suddenly faced totally unprepared with the reality of widowhood A Widow s Story illuminates one woman s struggle to comprehend a life absent of the partnership that had sustained and defined her for nearly half a century Joyce Carol Oates shares the derangement of denial, the anguish of loss, the disorientation of the survivor amid a nightmare of death duties , and the solace of friendship She writes unflinchingly of the experience of grief the almost unbearable suspense of the hospital vigil, the treacherous pools of memory that surround us, the vocabulary of illness, the absurdities of commercialized forms of mourning Enlivened by the piercing vision, acute perception and mordant humour that are the hallmarks of the work of Joyce Carol Oates, this is a extremely moving tale of life and death, love and grief

12 thoughts on “A Widow's Story

  1. odile odile says:

    Ce qui aurait pu tre l talage de la mis re morale de l auteur, confront e un veuvage brutal, devient une tude remarquable de son propre comportement et de la fa on tr s personnelle, mais tonnamment aboutie , dont elle fait front et g re ce moment effroyable de sa vie Aucun apitoiement superflu, aucune complaisance, une analyse fine et fouill e, susceptible d inspirer celles et ceux auxquels pareille preuve peut arriver Une p pite conserver pr cieusement

  2. C. Zimmermann C. Zimmermann says:

    Elle a crit ce que j aurai crit si j avais t crivain Mon mari est d c d le 9 Novembre 2012.Les sentiments, motions, malaises d crits par Joyce Carol Oats sont les miens.

  3. Zandra Zandra says:

    Had to admire the raw honesty of JCO s account of the shockingly sudden loss of her husband The account of their marriage was very touching, and its aftermath most eloquently described I love her characteristic and adventurous style of writing I found though some things she said very puzzling, in particular her insistence that she and her husband never told each other upsetting things as that would mean trying to hurt each other Was there no place for mutual support and comfort in an otherwise devoted marriage And strange that the content of her novels is extremely upsetting I was also struck by the self hatred and self contempt with which she treated herself during this terrible time, as though bereavement was a punishment and subsequent trials what she deserved I agree with other reviewers that it went on a bit, but I m grateful to the author for writing it and sharing so much of her internal world.

  4. Pamela Scott Pamela Scott says:

    A Widow s Story is very sad and touching JCO s portrayal of grief, sorrow and confusion following her husband s sudden and unexpected death is very real and very harrowing In the week s following Ray s death JCO seems to exist on auto pilot There are various tasks she needs to do so doesn t have time to accept her own grief She needs to make numerous copies of the death certificate, probate the will, pay the bills, deal with the flood of sympathy cards and gifts, makes her first public appearance and trying decide whether to keep the Ontario Review, her husband s magazine and the small press going These moments are written with a brutal, almost painful honesty One of the saddest parts of the memoir is how alone JCO is despite her many friends She didn t have any children with Ray to comfort her There is no reference to close family members Friends try to support her but they don t know what she needs and she s too grief stricken to convey what she needs JCO is very much alone for most of A Widow s Story and contemplates suicide I felt she could have reached out to friends a bit Towards the end of the book, JCO reads Black Mass, the novel Ray never finished and learns some dark secrets from his past including his strict upbringing by a devout Irish Roman Catholic family and his rebellious sister being lobotomised and institutionalized when he was a child I found it very sad and odd that JCO never knew this even though she was married to Ray for 47 years I also found it odd that she never shared her fiction writing with Ray and vice versa A Widow s Story is incredibly sad and unbearably real at times.

  5. Kindle Customer Kindle Customer says:

    Oh to be able to write like this Almost five years on from the loss of Kevin , survival is about as much as I can boast about But I m alive And life is for the living This memoir articulates loss beyond cliches The honesty and insightfulness expressed by JCO give me hope Maybe I m not going mad after all And if I am, I am not alone The fragility of mind is laid bare This is not a self help book There are enough of those It is much much Thank you Joyce Carol Oates.

  6. MST MST says:

    The novels of Joyce Carol Oates are so varied in theme, subject and, it has to be said, quality, that you may not know what to expect of this work of non fiction It tells what happens to Mrs Raymond Smith when her husband dies, the extremes of deep grief, the effects of alienation from her professional alter ego, the writer Joyce Carol Oates Although fascinating, it is extremely hard going, particularly if it will lead you to draw comparisons with grief you or those dear to you have travelled through It is raw in every way, including structurally and stylistically, and it feels churlish to say that it lacks the beauty and lyricism of Joan Didion s Year of Magical Thinking as a study of grief This is just brutal, not least in the reactions it provokes in the reader.If you are a fan you will be interested in this book, but be aware that you may struggle.

  7. brendonhuish brendonhuish says:

    I found this account amazingly well written and well described Joyce s physical and emotional responses in the days immediately following the unexpected death of her husband and soul mate are minutely examined but not self consciously or melodramatically The bureacracy of death and all that this entails for the one left behind is invaluable reading to anyone who has yet had to deal with the practical arrangements requiring action after a death, from registration probate to pension and property She is also very insightful about the grieving process and how other people respond to the bereaved , the good connections and the bad The second half of the book is perhaps less compelling than the first, but overall, I thorougly recommend this story to anyone who wishes to explore the emotive questions surrounding death, loss and the process of grieving.

  8. Ms. Mary Fletcher Ms. Mary Fletcher says:

    I consider Joyce Carol Oates to be en excellent writer of novels that tackle difficult subjects seriously and vividly This book is autobiographical and mirrors my own experience of grief so that I found it vey helpful to be sharing her experiences.

  9. Sergan Sergan says:

    As I am a recent widow, I longed for recognition of my anguish and distress over the loss of my husband In writing that sentence lies the core of my middle of the road rating for this book, inasmuch as perhaps it is impossible for anyone to totally identify with MY grief.For a few brief encounters, JCO connects with me Not for long as she is soon consumed with almost unidentifiable philosophical conundrums Perhaps it is her natural ability to write fiction that takes her into these realms I do not know.I would be interested to read the opinions of women who have not been widowed.I was not looking for a Handbook for Widows , but I did want to feel an understood empathy and, in a way, recognition of the several very testing areas of widowhood Unfortunately, this book reflects someone going through a different experience from mine as she obviously was.This brings me full circle It will rarely happen.

  10. Kindle Customer Kindle Customer says:

    Being a widow myself I was very interested in her story and found it moving and very sensitively recorded,maybe a little too long but maybe not.The lonel

  11. Pambark1 Pambark1 says:

    This is a very good book indeed.

  12. Harry Harry says:

    A gruelling read, not for the fainthearted or recently bereaved Joyce brings to life the raw suffering of widowhood.