How much heartache can people tolerate before they start thinking “magically”? Iconic writer Joan Didion shares with readers an extremely difficult and personal time of grief and loss following the sudden death of her husband, John Gregory Dunne, on December 30, 2003, while her only daughter, Quintana Roo, was hospitalized and on life support from complications from the pneumonia.

Didion struggles with grief and the magical thoughts, like believing she can’t get rid of her late husband’s shoes because he’ll need them when he comes home. Although grief is different for each person, the shared experience of loss – of a loved one, of a routine, of a longtime friendship and the loss of “normal” – will resonate with readers. This book is powerful and emotional and it’s easy to see why Didion is such a powerful force in the literary world.