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Widow's Story : A Memoir



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Critics across the country have raved about Joyce Carol Oates's groundbreaking memoir A Widow's Story, lauding its blazing honesty and raw emotion, calling it "immensely moving," "searing," "enthralling," "brave," "slyly mordant," and "astonishingly candid."

Author Biography

Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Humanities Medal, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/ Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. In 2003 she received the Commonwealth Award for Distinguished Service in Literature, and in 2006 she received the Chicago Tribune Lifetime Achievement Award.

Table of Contents

The Vigil
The Messagep. 3
Car Wreckp. 5
The First Wrong Thingsp. 10
"Pneumonia"p. 19
Telemetryp. 23
E-mail Recordp. 27
E. colip. 29
Hospital Vigil(s)p. 32
Jasminep. 33
Vigilp. 36
E-mail Recordp. 44
Memory Poolsp. 46
"I'm Not Crying for Any Reason"p. 48
The Callp. 54
Free Fall
"The Golden Vanity"p. 63
Yellow Pagesp. 74
The Arrowp. 78
E-mail Recordp. 82
Last Wordsp. 86
"You've Said Good-bye"p. 87
Double Plotp. 93
Cat Peep. 98
Probatep. 100
"Sympathy Gift Basket"p. 106
The Betrayalp. 112
The Artisansp. 113
E-mail Recordp. 115
The Basilisk
"Beady Dead Eyes hike Gems"p. 121
The Lost Husbandp. 123
"How Are You?"p. 127
"Bells for John Whiteside's Daughter"p. 131
The Nestp. 134
Ghost Roomsp. 144
E-mail Recordp. 153
Fury!p. 159
Oasisp. 170
Bruised Kneesp. 175
A Dream of Such Happiness!p. 177
"We Want to See You Soon"p. 179
Moving Awayp. 182
"Won't Be Seeing You for a While"p. 189
"Can't Find You Where Are You"p. 191
"1 Am Sorry to Inform You"p. 193
Purgatory, Hell
"Neither Joyce Nor I Can Come to the Phone Right Now"p. 203
The Military Order of the Purple Heartp. 206
In Motion!p. 217
In Motion!-"Still Alive"p. 224
In Motion!-"Mouth of the Rat"p. 229
In Motion!-"The Wonder Woman of American Literature"p. 235
In Motion!-"You Can't Sit There"p. 241
"Never Forget"p. 246
The Widow's Secretp. 248
Congratulations! Ip. 249
Congratulations! IIp. 252
E-mail Recordp. 259
The Cachep. 263
Morbidity Studiesp. 267
The Intruderp. 271
"You Looked So Happy"
Too Soon!p. 275
"Leaving Las Vegas"p. 279
"The Unlived…"p. 282
Crude Cruel Stupid "Well-intentioned"p. 284
"If…"p. 287
"Never, Ever That Again"p. 288
The "Real World"p. 289
Little Love Storyp. 294
Tulipsp. 297
Please Forgive!p. 302
"Happy, and Excited"p. 311
Blood in the Water!p. 319
Walking Woundedp. 322
Dead Woman Walkingp. 324
Taboop. 332
"Ashamed to Be 'White'"p. 335
It Made No Differencep. 342
Sinkholesp. 349
The Gardenp. 364
The Pilgrimagep. 368
"You Looked So Happy"p. 372
Black Mass Ip. 374
Black Mass IIp. 387
"Good Girl!"p. 396
The Resolutionp. 400
"Did Ray Like Swing?"p. 404
"Title"p. 405
"Your Husband Is Still Alive"p. 411
Three Small Sightings in Augustp. 413
The Widow's Handbookp. 416
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