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The Long Goodbye - A memoir-logo

The Long Goodbye - A memoir

Meghan O'Rourke

From one of America's foremost young literary voices, a transcendent portrait of the unbearable anguish of grief and the enduring power of familial love. What does it mean 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. In the first anguished days, 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. O'Rourke's story is one of a life gone off the rails, of how watching her mother's illness-and separating from her husband-left her fundamentally altered. But it is also one of resilience, as she observes her family persevere even in the face of immeasurable loss. With lyricism and unswerving candor, The Long Goodbye conveys 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 not only an exceptional memoir, but a necessary one.

From one of America's foremost young literary voices, a transcendent portrait of the unbearable anguish of grief and the enduring power of familial love. What does it mean 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. In the first anguished days, 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. O'Rourke's story is one of a life gone off the rails, of how watching her mother's illness-and separating from her husband-left her fundamentally altered. But it is also one of resilience, as she observes her family persevere even in the face of immeasurable loss. With lyricism and unswerving candor, The Long Goodbye conveys 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 not only an exceptional memoir, but a necessary one.
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From one of America's foremost young literary voices, a transcendent portrait of the unbearable anguish of grief and the enduring power of familial love. What does it mean 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. In the first anguished days, 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. O'Rourke's story is one of a life gone off the rails, of how watching her mother's illness-and separating from her husband-left her fundamentally altered. But it is also one of resilience, as she observes her family persevere even in the face of immeasurable loss. With lyricism and unswerving candor, The Long Goodbye conveys 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 not only an exceptional memoir, but a necessary one.

Language:

English

Length:

6h 54m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

06:46


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

28:20


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

44:56


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

10:13


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

23:43


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

35:21


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

13:48


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

39:37


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

27:37


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

17:48


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

28:35


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

23:18


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

09:59


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

27:25


Part 3, Chapter 14
Part 3, Chapter 14

33:07


Part 3, Chapter 15
Part 3, Chapter 15

14:07


Part 3, Chapter 16
Part 3, Chapter 16

11:56


Part 3, Chapter 17
Part 3, Chapter 17

17:31