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I count French Kiss, While You Were Sleeping, When Harry Met Sally and Bridget Jones among the ROMcoms I could watch endlesslessly until my end of days. I have no problem with sitting down in front of one with Tabor and a beer. They are not wholly effective in reaching to the true conflicts of life, however. Tabor admits this. To work, a ROMcom has a formula that relies on a character with a jilted or wrong vision of love. In this way, the films mirror the decision that Tabor's husband made to leave her and "live alone." The reality, of course, was more true than that.
Tabor was my teacher for a fiction workshop at The George Washington University, and I had seen her several years after that course, which was incidentally after this book was completed. We went to a Nationals game with a mystery man and Sarah (her young friend in the book). Tabor was so luminous and happy that reading the book afterward was at times a shock. She serves, along with the shock, introspective revelations that, in fact, one needs the shock to reveal. "In destruction lies discovery," she writes. Notice she does not say "recovery." That is part and parcel of something different.
I did think of Joan Didion at least once before Tabor's first mention of her Year of Magical Thinking, a work that is brilliant but it also haunted me. I also thought of Nora Ephron's Heartburn, because Tabor includes recipes in her memoir. An offering that I relate to and latch onto immediately.
As Tabor reads and struggles in the aftermath of losing her husband and her chef's kitchen and her house, she says that she is not healed by her reading. But it resonates. "But whether I have lived the words or not, they ring like bells. They answer," she writes. It is a thought in the final part of the book that picks up the pieces and lets us understand Tabor and the undercurrent of what she is telling us: "Let us lead with our hearts." With that comes risk and suffering. But there is no other way.
The first to be gobbled in one sitting, quickly, eagerly, willing the outcome to be a good one (and it is).
The second, to take time over, slowly and softly revelling in her marvellous writing. What a writer!
People often say that truth is stranger than fiction, and so it is in the case of this memoir.
The author's self shines through as she tells her tale without the slightest hint of self-pity, admirable indeed under such a set of circumstances.
What's more, she mixes and spices and weaves a story interlaced with fairy tales, movies, recipes and dreams. And the result is a truly inspirational book - moving, intimate, philosophical, elegant and honest.
I really loved reading this, and you will too.
Completely self-involved main character, full of self-pity and it is easy to understand why "d" dumped her. Really irritating piece of trash writing and I'm happy that it only cost $3.99. Sorry about the trees though.
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