Book Club Kit: The Year of Magical Thinking

The Year of Magical ThinkingThe Year of Magical Thinking
by Joan Didion
First Published: 2005
10 Copies & Reading Guide

Didion’s journalistic skills are displayed as never before in this story of a year in her life that began with her daughter in a medically induced coma and her husband unexpectedly dead due to a heart attack. This powerful and moving work is Didion’s “attempt to make sense of the weeks and then months that cut loose any fixed idea I ever had about death, about illness . . . about marriage and children and memory . . . about the shallowness of sanity, about life itself.” With vulnerability and passion, Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience of love and loss.

Reading Guide:
Random House – Includes Discussion Questions and Suggestions for Further Reading

The New York Times – “The Year of Magical Thinking: Goodbye to All That” by Robert Pinsky
Entertainment Weekly – “Review” by Jennifer Reese

The Year of Magical Thinking: The Play w/Vanessa Redgrave

More from Joan Didion:
We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live
The Last Thing He Wanted

Similar reads:
The Sum of Our Days by Isabel Allende
Dog Years: A Memoir by Mark Doty
Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron


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