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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,402 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joyce Carol Oates Narrator: Ellen Parker Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Unlike anything Joyce Carol Oates has written before, A Widow’s Story is the universally acclaimed author’s poignant, intimate memoir about the unexpected death of Raymond Smith, her husband of forty-six years, and its wrenching, surprising aftermath. A recent recipient of National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, Oates, whose novels (Blonde, The Gravedigger’s Daughter, Little Bird of Heaven, etc.) rank among the very finest in contemporary American fiction, offers an achingly personal story of love and loss. A Widow’s Story is a literary memoir on a par with The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion and Calvin Trillin’s About Alice.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “'Oates’ prose contains a deep felt rawness which hovers between hope, despair and love.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Oates is an inspired writer, and a formidable psychologist. She has a thrilling way of grasping an emotion, wasting no time and launching herself straight at the aching heart of the matter.”

    Independent (London)

  • “Oates…shines a bright light in every corner in her soul-searing memoir of widowhood.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Protean and unflinching Oates has created an illuminating portrait of a marriage, a searing confrontation with death, an extraordinarily forthright chronicle of mourning, and a profound ‘pilgrimage’ from chaos to coherence.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the March2011Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Denise Caudell | 2/20/2014

    " A deep and moving novel about Joyce Carol Oates loss of her husband. The book moves at a pace that feels right when dealing with the subject of loss and being left alone. It was almost like having Joyce Carol Oates right next to you telling you her story. I found it provacative. It brought up many questions that I have about loss and how it will effect me personally. I learned some valuable information with this book. I gave it 3 stars only because of its heavy subject and the fact that it might not appeal to everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kasa Cotugno | 2/13/2014

    " Although they never may have met in life, Howard Pinter, Ray Smith and John Gregory Dunne will be linked in my mind for the legacy they left behind through the memoirs crafted by their wives. Each had the good fortune to have enjoyed a long fruitful marriage to a woman capable of creating a worthy memorial to his life. Joyce Smith and Joyce Oates are one and the same, but those of us only knowing the Oates half are surprised that she considers the two to be so divergent and that her husband of just over 47 years did not know the writer at all since she didn't share her fiction with him. She has moved on, astoundingly given some of the grieving processes the experienced at her husband's rapid death. But it is wrenching to read what she goes through. No stranger to inerior monologues (e.g., Black Water, Blonde), this is a memoir that only she could write with such conviction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michael Gleich | 2/7/2014

    " I was a bit disappointed, it was very repetitive and made her look like a victim, I thought. It did bring memories back in flashes of my father's death and how difficult it was for me to accept. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Caterina | 2/6/2014

    " while not a JCO follower, i admire her private lonliness... intrigingly honest and at some points startling, a widow's story does what literary magic is supposed to do... it takes us to a place where we may have been or will be at some point in our lifetime and spills our thoughts, feelings, reactions, desires, and phobias onto wisped white pages making us feel less alone... "

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