The Long Goodbye

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The Long Goodbye

By Meghan O'Rourke

Riverhead Books, Paperback, 9781594485664, 306pp.

Publication Date: April 3, 2012

What is it like to mourn today, in a culture that has largely set aside rituals that acknowledge grief?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. She began to create a record of her interior life as a mourner, trying to capture the paradox of grief its monumental agony and microscopic intimacies an endeavor that ultimately bloomed into a profound look at how caring for her mother during her illness changed and strengthened their bond. With lyricism and unswerving candor, "The Long Goodbye"captures the fleeting moments of joy that make up a life and the way memory can lead us out of the jagged darkness of loss. Effortlessly blending research and reflection, the personal and the universal, it is a love letter from a daughter to a mother that will touch any reader who has felt the powerful ties of familial love.

About the Author
Meghan O Rourke is the author of the poetry collections "Once" and "Halflife." She is a cultural critic for "Slate," and her essays and poems have appeared in "The New Yorker, The Nation, "and other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York."