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A Widow's Story: A Memoir Hardcover – Bargain Price, February 15, 2011
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At her husband's deathbed in the middle of the night she had to call a friend from the hospital, decide against doing an autopsy and gather his belongings. When, in her haze of confusion, it later dawned on her that her husband may have died a "wrongful death" it was too late, her husband had already been cremated.
Feeling widowhood is the punishment for having been a wife she experiences Rays' death as series of appointments, duties and bills - viewing the body, funeral arrangements, the cremation, buying an urn to bury his ashes, medical bills and insurance, his will and death certificate, automobile titles and insurance, house insurance, IRS documents, banks and other financial statements, passports, social security documents, birth and wedding certificates. All are needed to "probate" her husbands will.Read more ›
Initial disclaimer: I enjoy reading Oates's non-fiction essays and reviews, and occasionally her short stories, but am decidedly not a fan of her longer fiction, which I find bizarre, dark, and violent. I was drawn to this book, however, by the excerpt published several weeks ago in The New Yorker, and I still find the opening scene, which was included in that excerpt, to be stunning.Read more ›
Joyce and Raymond Smith had been married for forty-seven years, and they expected to be together for a good many more, on the morning Joyce awoke to find her husband feeling poorly. Because she could see that his illness was more severe than he believed it to be, Oates convinced Smith to let her drive him to Princeton Medical Center. There he was admitted with pneumonia, but the couple expected that he would be treated and released in only a few days. Up until the early hours of February 18, when Oates received an urgent phone call from the hospital, that seemed to be exactly what would happen.
Technically, Raymond Smith did not die of pneumonia or its complications. He died, instead, from a secondary infection he picked up inside Princeton Medical Center, and his was a death for which Oates was completely unprepared. One minute she was feeling optimistic about her husband's homecoming; the next, she found herself trying to make it back to the hospital before he died.
Suddenly, her life seemed to lose all meaning. Gone was the man around whom she centered her world and, staggered by her grief, Oates lost all desire to go on alone.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Expressive balanced account of hers/others experiences as a new widowPublished 1 month ago by Paula S Clarke
liking this book, struggling through it a bit- guess I needed it personallyPublished 2 months ago by B. Reno
She suffers from a mental illness, but is not aware of this.When her husband was alive, he stabilized her condition - but when he died her illness became acute. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hal
This was an interesting read. I have read fiction by Joyce Carol Oates and enjoyed what I've read. This book, however, is about her life during her husband's brief illness and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by mckeever's mom
Could have been better. Too much self-centeredness accepting "help" and sympathy from her "famous" friends only.Published 3 months ago by Gloria Bauer Ishida
My tocaya (another Peggy) who not only has the same name, but has also lost a son and a husband, encouraged me to read this.Published 3 months ago
I became a widow 2 years ago - also suddenly & unexpectedly as Joyce did. I could really relate to her story and journey into widowhood ~ and I still hate that word! Read morePublished 4 months ago by RitaK