The Long Goodbye: A memoir

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"Anguished, beautifully written... The Long Goodbye is an elegiac depiction of drama as old as life." — The New York Times Book ReviewFrom one of America's foremost young literary voices, a transcendent portrait of the unbearable anguish of grief and the enduring power of familial love. What does it mean to mourn today, in a culture that has largely set aside rituals that acknowledge grief? After her mother died of cancer at the age of fifty-five, Meghan O'Rourke found that nothing had prepared her for the intensity of her sorrow. In the first anguished days, she began to create a record of her interior life as a mourner, trying to capture the paradox of grief-its monumental agony and microscopic intimacies-an endeavor that ultimately bloomed into a profound look at how caring for her mother during her illness changed and strengthened their bond. O'Rourke's story is one of a life gone off the rails, of how watching her mother's illness-and separating from her husband-left her fundamentally altered. But it is also one of resilience, as she observes her family persevere even in the face of immeasurable loss. With lyricism and unswerving candor, The Long Goodbye conveys the fleeting moments of joy that make up a life, and the way memory can lead us out of the jagged darkness of loss. Effortlessly blending research and reflection, the personal and the universal, it is not only an exceptional memoir, but a necessary one.
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What does it mean to mourn today, in a culture that has largely set aside rituals that acknowledge grief? After her mother died of cancer at the age of fifty-five, Meghan O'Rourke found that nothing had prepared her for the intensity of her sorrow. In the first anguished days, she began to create a record of her interior life as a mourner, trying to capture the paradox of grief-its monumental agony and microscopic intimacies-an endeavor that ultimately bloomed into a profound look at how caring for her mother during her illness changed and strengthened their bond.
O'Rourke's story is one of a life gone off the rails, of how watching her mother's illness-and separating from her husband-left her fundamentally altered. But it is also one of resilience, as she observes her family persevere even in the face of immeasurable loss.
With lyricism and unswerving candor, The Long Goodbye conveys the fleeting moments of joy that make up a life, and the way memory can lead us out of the jagged darkness of loss. Effortlessly blending research and reflection, the personal and the universal, it is not only an exceptional memoir, but a necessary one.
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subject_facetAmerican poets -- 21st Century -- Biography
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
Bereavement
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Death, Grief, Bereavement
Large print books
Large type books
Mothers -- Death
O'Rourke, Meghan
Poets, American -- 21st century -- Biography
title_displayThe Long Goodbye A memoir
title_fullThe Long Goodbye A memoir
The long goodbye / [large print] Meghan O'Rourke
title_shortThe Long Goodbye
title_subA memoir
topic_facetAmerican poets
Bereavement
Biography & Autobiography
Death
Large print books
Large type books
Mothers
Nonfiction
O'Rourke, Meghan
Poets, American