A Widow’s Story by Joyce Carol Oates

“Now for the first time in what I’ve grown to think of as my ‘posthumous life’—my life after Ray (my husband)—I am feeling almost hopeful, happy. Thinking Maybe life is navigable. Maybe this will work.

“Then I recall: hope was the predominant emotion I had felt—we had both felt—during the long week of Ray’s hospitalization. Hope, in retrospect, is so often a cruel joke.

“‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers,’ Emily Dickinson so boldly said. The thing that is ungainly, vulnerable, embarrassing. But there it is.

“For some of us, what can hope mean? The worst has happened, the spouse has died, the story is ended. And yet—the story is not ended, clearly.” ~ Joyce Carol Oates

“Hope can be outlived. Hope can become tarnished.”

The above excerpt is taken from a longer interview recorded in the The Atlantic Magazine on Joyce Carol Oates, A Widow’s Story.

Hear Dr. Oates’ experience of writing her memoir: A Widow’s Story

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