Young Widower

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University of Nebraska Press
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5.48 X 8.62 X 0.48 inches | 0.54 pounds

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About the Author

John W. Evans, a recent Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, teaches creative writing at Stanford. His award-winning work appears in Slate, the Missouri Review, ZYZZYVA, and the Rumpus.


"A tragic story told with such grace and artistry that the complex exploration of grief is finally revealed as redemptive. The honesty of John Evans's writing is unfaltering and deeply impressive."--Kevin Casey, author of A State of Mind

-- (9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM)
"In this honest depiction of his deceased wife and their loving but complicated marriage, and in his willingness to end his story without easy redemption, Evans avoids the predictable arc of many memoirs. . . . Thanks to honest and sadly beautiful books like Young Widower, we are at the very least helpless together. We can't go on, we'll go on."--Nicholas Montemarano, Los Angeles Review of Books
-- (1/12/2016 12:00:00 AM)

"This book brims with unforgettable images and moments, but Evans's greatest achievement is allowing readers to see his wife, Katie, as he did--not as a saint or as a martyr, but as a passionate and dynamic and flawed woman whom he deeply loved."--Justin St. Germain, author of Son of a Gun

-- (9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM)
"An urgent, palpably emotional account of coping with extreme grief."--Kirkus-- (1/21/2014 12:00:00 AM)
"Though the tragedy of Evans's title is borne out, his memoir brims with maturity and authenticity, and it should find a ready readership with those who have lived through incredible loss. Young Widower is both a loving tribute to a cherished spouse and a testament to survival."--Michelle Anne Schingler, ForeWord
"While the haunting account of the day Katie died is especially riveting, it is the unfolding and cathartic grieving process that underpins and elevates this heartbreaking tale."--Margaret Flanagan, Booklist
"For those times when life is bitter and unreasonable, there are stories like John's--books that accept the ugliness of both death and survival and remind us to be grateful and angry and preciously alive."--Books J'Adore-- (2/27/2014 12:00:00 AM)