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The Long Goodbye: A Memoir [Paperback]

Meghan O'Rourke
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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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'Emotionally acute, strikingly empathetic, thorough and unstinting intellectually . . . Above all a useful book, for life - the good bits and the sad ones, too' Richard Ford

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, an endeavour that ultimately bloomed into a profound look at how caring for her mother during her illness changed and strengthened their bond.

With poignant lyricism and unswerving honesty, The Long Goodbye is a story of resilience, even in the face of bruising, immeasurable loss. It is not only an exceptional memoir, but a necessary one.

'An eye-witness report from the emotional battlefield . . . As close as you'll find to a description of the

indescribable' Jemima Lewis, Mail on Sunday

'The writing is sumptuous, detailed, open eyed, intuitive' Thomas Lynch, The Times

'Shot through with a candour and a fierceness which, if you know anything at all of what she is going through, you will find bracing, even cheering' Rachel Cooke, Observer

About the Author

Meghan O'Rourke was born in 1976 and lives in New York with her husband. She is a frequent contributor to Slate, a founding editor of Double X, and a frequent contributor to the New York Times. She has published one volume of poetry.
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