A Thestral of a Book: Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking

You Might Like This Book If You…

  • have experienced/are experiencing deep grief after the loss of a loved one
  • are a counselor or someone equally invested in human emotion
  • enjoy stream-of-consciousness writing
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My Ammachi

My grandmother died in India on March 23 (22 in the US). The US memorial service was the next day, too soon for me to fully process everything I was feeling. I spoke at her service, but I still wasn’t ready. This is the eulogy I would have liked to have given.

The defining characteristics of my family are sarcasm, sassiness, skepticism, and a nearly unhealthy level of feistiness. That made losing our sweet Ammachi that much harder to bear.

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