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The Year of Magical Thinking is a memoir by American author and journalist Joan Didion that was first published in 2005. The book is a reflection on the year following the sudden death of Didion’s husband and the onset of her daughter's severe illness. Through a blend of raw emotion and precise prose, she meditates on memory, love, and the disorienting effects of bereavement. The narrative captures the complex interplay between love and mourning, offering a profound exploration of the unpredictable journey through grief and the search for meaning in the face of devastating loss. 

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