Unlike anything Joyce Carol Oates has written before, A Widow's Story is the universally acclaimed author's poignant, intimate memoir about the unexpected death of Raymond Smith, her husband of forty-six years, and its wrenching, surprising aftermath. A recent recipient of National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, Oates, whose novels (Blonde, The Gravedigger's Daughter, Little Bird of Heaven, etc.) rank among the very finest in contemporary American fiction, offers an achingly personal story of love and loss. A Widow's Story is a literary memoir on a par with The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion and Calvin Trillin's About Alice.
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by Joyce Carol Oates
by Stephen B. Oates
by Joyce Sidman
"Oates's memoir is a brave, unvarnished story about the death of her husband and the life she tries to resume in the aftermath. As the author recounts her story, her magnificent literary talents shine. Narrator Ellen Parker captures the mood of the book without making it morose. Her voice is clear and gentle, and she reads with the near-perfect diction we would expect of Oates. Surprisingly, though, Parker's delivery is not emotionally expressive. She keeps her voice in a tight range that suggests a monotone, but her pauses, intonation, and pacing make the story compelling and fresh. We know what will happen, but we want to let Parker guide us through to the end. R.I.G. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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