Posts tagged loss

“The Year of Magical Thinking” by Joan Didion

“You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends.” This book has simple sentences like this scattered through it. They’re things you know, but forget. Your loved ones will die, so make the most of the time you have. I suppose I don’t like to look at members of my family and think about them dying, so I push the thought away. Reading this book, I was unable to push anything away. I will die one day, and so will everyone I know. A simple thought, and… Read More

“The Pollen Room” by Zoe Jenny

A short, beautiful novel about loss and the fragility of human relationships. It begins with an introduction narrated by a young girl of 5 or 6 whose mother has just walked out on her. Consistent with the view of a child, the events are a little confused and misunderstood but the sense impressions are vivid. In the first two pages alone, we learn that the building she lives in smells of damp rock, we see her father tracing shapes in the dark with a glowing cigarette, we hear the rhythmic… Read More