The Best Day the Worst Day
Life with Jane Kenyon
In an intimate record of his twenty-three-year marriage to poet Jane Kenyon, Donald Hall recounts the rich pleasures and the unforeseen trials of their shared life. The couple made a home at their New England farmhouse, where they rejoiced in rituals of writing, gardening, caring for pets, and connecting with their rural community through friends and church. The Best Day the Worst Day presents a portrait of the inner moods of "the best marriage I know about," as Hall has written, against the stark medical emergency of Jane's leukemia, which ended her life in fifteen months. Between recollections of better times, Hall shares with readers the daily ordeal of Jane's dying through heartbreaking but ultimately inspiring storytelling.
Praise For The Best Day the Worst Day: Life with Jane Kenyon…
"A bright, wonderful book." --New York Observer
"A fearful and beautiful history." Boston Globe
"Elegantly and lovingly tells the story of their life together." --Christian Century
"Marriage, art, and illness are all treated with wisdom in Hall's account." New York Sun
"Haunting...The language is spare, clean, very readable." --Poetry
"[The Best Day the Worst Day] aims to show us the sacredness of the everyday, the magical qualities of the circle of life...Hall is such an evocative writer." --Book World The Washington Post
"[A] moving portrait of marriage." The Miami Herald
"Hall has turned his pain into art that can inspire and help others deal with loss." The Oregonian
"Hall portrays the creative, peaceful life [he and Jane Kenyon] carved out for themselves...A moving tribute, unsparingly honest." Kirkus Reviews
Mariner Books, 9780618773626, 272pp.
Publication Date: November 8, 2006
About the Author
DONALD HALL (1928-2018) served as poet laureate of the United States from 2006 to 2007. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a recipient of the National Medal of the Arts, awarded by the president.