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The Long Goodbye: A Memoir [Paperback]

Meghan O'Rourke
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5 April 2012
Meghan O'Rourke was thirty-two when her mother died of cancer on Christmas Day, 2008. As a writer, even in the depths of her grief, she was fascinated by what she observed of herself in the aftermath: the rage she felt, not only at what had happened to her mother, but also at the inability of people to acknowledge her pain; her sense that the meaning of her life had changed fundamentally with the loss of a parent; the way that the reassuringly familiar often became somehow completely new and strange. The Long Goodbye interleaves personal recollections of her much-loved mother with an examination of what it means to grieve in a society which no longer has the rituals - or even, most of the time, the desire - to engage with grief, to understand it, and to let it do both its worst - and its best.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Virago (5 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844086771
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844086771
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Meghan O'Rourke is a culture critic for Slate. Her essays and poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Nation, Best American Poetry, and other publications. She is the author of the award-winning book of poems, Halflife. She lives in Brooklyn, where she grew up.

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Emotionally acute, strikingly empathetic, thorough and unstinting intellectually, and of course elegantly wrought. But it's above all a useful book, for life -- the good bits and the sad ones, too. (Richard Ford)

'A beautiful memoir about ...loss of a truly irreplaceable mother--yes, it is sad, it is in fact heartrending, but it is many things more: courageous, inspiring, wonderfully intelligent and informed, and an intimate portrait of an American family as well (Joyce Carol Oates)

In her blazingly honest, relentlessly brave memoir Meghan O'Rourke takes on the strange, impossible time after a parent's death. I couldn't recommend this elegant and fearless book more highly to anyone who has, or has had, a mother. (Katie Roiphe, author of Uncommon Arrangements)

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* A young woman's memoir of a year of grieving after her mother died, written with anger, insight, wisdom and grace

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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading 22 Nov 2011
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Working in the field of grief support I read this book in an attempt to gain further insight into the life changing affects of profound loss. Meghan's story is written with such clarity I could not put it down. It is a profoundly emotional but inspiring journey through grief. Meghan takes the reader through personal moments of exquisite joy and heartbreaking sorrow which are so tangible it is sometimes difficult to read, but ultimately it is an inspiring message of love. Love endures beyond death as those of us who have walked this path will know. A Compelling book and one I would strongly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reflective 13 Jan 2013
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A good book. Has helped me think about the loss of my own mother. It was comforting to be able to reflect and identify with the writer's own feelings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tissues at the ready 21 May 2014
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This book is a must read, it is both heartbreaking and inspiring. I would read this book over and over and can not recommend it highly enough
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 17 July 2014
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A well written & engaging book that offers considerable insight to loss and bereavement.
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