One of my favorite authors of all time, Joan Didion, is making news these days, not for her writing, but for her modeling skills. At 80 years young, she was named the face of the most recent Celine ad campaign. She ever so humbly spoke about the role with The New York Times. Didion also reminded readers that this wasn't her first gig modeling.
I stumbled upon The Year of Magical Thinking several years ago while in search of a book at the library. And I'm glad I did. Through the pages of this book, the author shares her personal, heart-wrenching story of love and loss, the love between husband and wife, mother and daughter, and the overwhelming strength of a woman, wife and mother. This book reminded me just how strong women can be. It also made me want to read everything she had ever written.
Oddly enough my mother, who is my writing and reading muse, discovered this book the same day I did. We both called each other at the same time to discuss the "great book we were reading." We still to this day discuss Joan and her daughter Quintana, and the mystique behind their story.
“Life changes in the instant. The ordinary instant.” -
--Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking