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Young Widower: A Memoir (2014)

by John W. Evans(Favorite Author)
3.97 of 5 Votes: 4
0803249527 (ISBN13: 9780803249523)
University of Nebraska Press
review 1: Evans's account of what happened to him and his wife is harrowing, but what makes "Young Widower" so good is the steady, precise, illuminating narrator who guides the whole story from early marriage to Katie to the aftermath of her death. Evans never falters in his candor or in his search for meaning. His memoir developed alongside a book of poems, "The Consolations," also a work of penetrating insight into grief, and I recommend reading them together.
review 2: This is a highly internal memoir, hauntingly so. With its distanced, dream(nightmare) quality, the narrative voice reflects the shock of trauma. Being in the mind of someone who has undergone what John underwent it unsettling and powerful. I was especially taken with his obsessions, and his unexpected
... moreemotion (such as when a kind of manic joy peeks through the pain).This isn't normally the type of memoir I read. But I was so taken with the poetic, haunting voice that I stayed with it. No question, this is a dark, deeply internal book--so much so, I often thought of Dostoyevsky. John has remarried and has two children. I would have liked to hear about that journey; how did he get from here to there? Perhaps that's the next memoir. less
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An excellent writer, dealing with an extremely difficult subject...well done, tho difficult to read
True Story. Award winner. Needs a good editor.
I didn't sleep. I read it in one night.
Loved it
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