"Life changes fast.
Life changes in the instant
You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends."
The above lines open Joan Didion's exploration of the nature of grief, titled The Year of Magical Thinking. In this book, she takes the reader with her through the year after her husband suddenly died from a heart attack. Her experience dealing with the grief gives insight into the madness that develop in response to such a profound loss giving the reader a deeper understanding of what lies at the core of the author. The intimacy of sharing grief with an audience makes her infallibly human.
I picked up the book because since going through a bad breakup around a year ago, I have struggled with moving forward. I figured that grieving could be what is slowing down my progress and deepening my understanding of it could only help. The book was enlightening and enjoyable, but did not fix my problem. Instead, it gave me another tool to add in my processing box. I would suggest picking it up.