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The Resource Young widower : a memoir, John W. Evans

Young widower : a memoir, John W. Evans

Label
Young widower : a memoir
Title
Young widower
Title remainder
a memoir
Statement of responsibility
John W. Evans
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "John W. Evans was twenty-nine years old and his wife, Katie, was thirty. They had met in the Peace Corps in Bangladesh, taught in Chicago, studied in Miami, and were working for a year in Romania, when they set off with friends to hike into the Carpathian Mountains. In an instant, their life together was shattered. Katie became separated from the group. When Evans finally found her, he could only watch helplessly as she was mauled to death by a brown bear. In such a love story, such a life story, how could a person ever move forward? That is the question Evans, traumatized and restless, confronts in this book as he learns the language of grief, the rhetoric of survival, and the contrary poetic algorithms of holding fast and letting go. His memories of Katie and their time together, and the strangeness of his life with her family in the year after her death, create an unsentimental but deeply moving picture of loss, the brutality of nature, and the unfairness of needing to narrate a story that nothing can prepare a person to tell.Told with unyielding witness, elegance, and care, Young Widower is a heartbreaking account of a senseless tragedy and the persistence of grief in a young person's life"--
  • "On a group hiking trip in the Buscegi Mountains of Romania in 2007, John and Katie Evans were unaware they'd be passing through an active brown bear habitat. Encountering a bear that night after dusk, Katie is separated from the group and trapped by the bear. Hearing her screams as the animal attacked her, John was unable to distract the bear and watched helplessly from a distance as it slowly crushed his wife to death. Katie was thirty years old. "Young Widower" is John Evans's memoir not just of one day, but of six years spent with a wife he loved, and the days and months that followed the tragedy. A widower at age twenty-nine, John finds himself living with Katie's family in the year after her death, discovering the cyclical nature of grief, the guilt of surviving, and what it means to lose a marriage. His desire to remember Katie is many things: devoted, empathic, needy, lonely, self-important, critical, nostalgic; he is a young widower negotiating a world that understands elderly widows, but doesn't know what to do with an angst-ridden young man worried about continuing to live without his wife for a very long time. Unflinching and unsentimental, "Young Widower" is a heartbreaking witness of living daily with grief, a rumination on the fragility of the human experience"--
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Summary
John W. Evans was twenty-nine years old and his wife, Katie, was thirty. They had met in the Peace Corps in Bangladesh, taught in Chicago, studied in Miami, and were working for a year in Romania, when they set off with friends to hike into the Carpathian Mountains. In an instant, their life together was shattered. Katie became separated from the group. When Evans finally found her, he could only watch helplessly as she was mauled to death by a brown bear. In such a love story, such a life story, how could a person ever move forward? That is the question Evans, traumatized and restless, confronts in this book as he learns the language of grief, the rhetoric of survival, and the contrary poetic algorithms of holding fast and letting go
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Writing style
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  • Provided by publisher
  • Provided by publisher
Biography type
autobiography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10300878
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1977-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Evans, John W.
Dewey number
306.88/20973
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
no index present
LC call number
HQ1058.5.U5
LC item number
E93 2014
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
River teeth literary nonfiction prize
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Evans, John W.
  • Evans, John W.
  • Widowers
  • Young men
  • Widowers
  • Widowhood
  • Wives
  • Loss (Psychology)
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  • FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Death, Grief, Bereavement
Target audience
adult
Label
Young widower : a memoir, John W. Evans
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2013032472
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
185 pages
Isbn
9780803249523
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013032472
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Label
Young widower : a memoir, John W. Evans
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2013032472
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
185 pages
Isbn
9780803249523
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013032472
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia

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