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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harperone; Reprint edition (Dec 9 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061966800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061966804
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #423,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“As much a portrait of a unique marriage as a chronicle of grief...immensely moving…“ (People )

“In a narrative as searing as the best of her fiction, Oates describes the aftermath of her husband Ray’s unexpected death from pneumonia…It’s the painful, scorchingly angry journey of a woman struggling to live in a house “from which meaning has departed, like air leaking from a balloon.” (Entertainment Weekly )

“Joyce Carol Oates’s new memoir, A Widow’s Story, is a naked confession about the messy relation of art to life…A Widow’s Story, while about life after the death of a husband, is also about the intense inner life of a female genius…” (Elle )

“…A cascade-of-consciousness that will mostly mesmerize you and surely move you…a book more painfully self-revelatory than anything Oates the fiction writer or critic has ever dared to produce.” (New York Times Book Review )

“…As enthralling as it is painful…a searing account…It is characteristic of Oates’s superb balancing of the intellectual and the emotional that she enables a reader to experience Smith’s death in the dramatic way she herself did.” (Washington Post )

“Flourishes of black humor punctuate the drumbeat of grief, setting the book apart from works such as Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking.” (Wall Street Journal )

“A brave, dark but slyly mordant memoir…Oates rages at the dying of the light of her life in this unflinching, generous portrait of the terror of emptiness.” (National Public Radio )

“The novelist and essayist pens her most intimate book about the death of her husband of 46 years. Judging by the excerpt in The New Yorker Oates’ memoir will join Antonia Fraser and Joan Didion on the shelf of essential works on loss.” (Daily Beast )

“Oates’ raw emotion lifts the veil of the enormity of grief that most widows, and widowers, must feel at the loss of their partners in a way that will come as a shock to some and a relief to others.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune )

“A Widow’s Story is unlike anything Oates has written before…a poignant and raw examination of the obsessiveness and self-indulgence of grief…” (Denver Post )

“A harrowing tale…” (Detroit News )

“…Astonishingly candid…[Oates’s] suffering gushes forth in page after page of detailed prose, snatches of sentences, reportorial and intuitive, emotional and reflective…Oates set out to write a widow’s handbook. What she has accomplished is a story of a marriage.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel )

“Reads like a rending of garments…” (Cleveland Plain Dealer )

“A vivid and urgent memoir…” (Dallas Morning News )

“Oates writes movingly about the terror, depression and suicidal ruminations that dominated her existence in the months after Smith’s death…it’s impossible to be unmoved by Oates’ “Story,” by the degree to which she sees her husband everywhere she looks, as she finds beauty in the elusive notion of renewal.” (Kansas City Star )

“This is a brave, haunting, heart-rending book, and it will never let you go.” (Providence Journal )

“Affecting…perfectly pitched prose…” (Richmond Times-Dispatch )

“Joyce Carol Oates writes like a force of nature, and a story emerges, as if organically, from the physicality of her grief. There are few secrets and no lies, only insights into the inner world of her partner of 50 years.” (Financial Times )

“Widowhood for Oates is a rough, disfiguring condition, one that mocks past happiness. Words are her salvation. “A Widow’s Story” is a brave book that carries its author through the contortions of doubt and despair, on a pilgrimage back to life.” (Charleston Post & Courier )

“Packed with moments of…frankness…” (Seattle Weekly )

“An affecting portrait of anguish.” (The Economist )

“Astonishing…revelatory…[A Widow’s Story] is remarkable…for how candidly Oates explores the writer’s secret life: the private world of her marriage, which…she asserts is far truer and more real, and of far greater importance, than any of her imaginary creations.” (Book Forum )

“Oates excellently conveys the disconnect between the inwardly chaotic self and the outwardly functioning person…” (New York Review of Books )

“[Oates] shines a bright light in every corner in her soul-searing memoir of widowhood.” (Publishers Weekly )

“A wildly unhinged, deeply intimate look at the eminent author’s “derangement of Widowhood.”...Oates writes with gut-wrenching honesty and spares no one in ripping the illusions off the face of death...Oates continues to keep her readers guessing at her next thrilling effort.” (Kirkus )

“As a writer, heightened emotion is the essential ingredient in [Oates’] work…As A Widow’s Story progresses, it becomes [Raymond Smith’s] story--both an homage to a decent, intensely private man, and Oates’ way of keeping him in memory as she probes his most closely guarded self.” (Seattle Times ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Look into the Lives of Our Most Beloved Celebrities—After Their Deaths

For the first time, renowned psychic Sylvia Browne reveals how cherished stars are using their talents since their deaths. Which celebrity is working on a cure for cancer? Who specializes in welcoming the newly departed to the Other Side?

From longtime regrets to newfound passions, Afterlives of the Rich and Famous includes everything these deceased stars most want to share with loved ones on this side:

  • John Kennedy Jr. and Jackie Kennedy Onassis work with a team of researchers on the prenatal detection, treatment, and cure of birth defects.
  • Katharine Hepburn’s favorite golf partner is Christopher Reeve.
  • Brittany Murphy hopes to reincarnate quickly, and has charted an “exquisitely unremarkable” life in Portugal.

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Personally, I love everyone of Sylvia's books. I know, people complain about her being repetitive, but you must understand that she is only trying to fill in information for the people who are reading her books for the first time. Patience and tolerance is a virtue.
I loved this book and I hope there will be more to come. Richard Pryor's reaction on going home, Diana's mission, Keith Ledger's mistake and my personal favorite, George Carlin's comment on going home, priceless.
The book is enlightening, fun-filled and oh so heart-warming and comforting to the soul.
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I guess I was expecting more of a specific question and answer scenario in which Sylvia would have shared the direct response from a famous deceased person that she had contacted herself. ( even via Francine ) . Although I understand that it is important to give the individual history of the people , the book read more like " bios of the famous dead".The book " Afterlives of the Rich and Famous" seemed nothing more than a boring overview of the other side.. ( Sorry Sylvia , it just wasn't 'juicy' enough for my taste ) .
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Sylvia Browne is the utmost authority on the ''Other Side'' and the Afterlife.She comes from generations of psychics and her information comes from her Spirit Guide Francine as well as personnal experience.This is but one of many books she has written on the subject and it is very interesting to know our celebrities' journey here on earth and on the Other Side.If you want to know everything about ''your'' own soul's journey I urge you to read Sylvia's books...
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