The Light of The World (Elizabeth Alexander)

"Friendship in marriage is its own thing: friendship in a cup of tea, or a glass of wine, or a cappuccino every Sunday morning. Friendship in buying undershirts and underpants. Friendship in picking up a prescription or rescuing the towed car. Friendship in waiting for the phone call after the mammogram. Friendship is toast buttered just so. Friendship in shoveling the snow. I am the one you want to tell. You are the one I want to tell."

"Friendship in marriage is its own thing: friendship in a cup of tea, or a glass of wine, or a cappuccino every Sunday morning. Friendship in buying undershirts and underpants. Friendship in picking up a prescription or rescuing the towed car. Friendship in waiting for the phone call after the mammogram. Friendship is toast buttered just so. Friendship in shoveling the snow. I am the one you want to tell. You are the one I want to tell."

U.S.A. / 2015

Elizabeth Alexander is a professor of African-American literature and gender studies at Yale University. The Light of the World is a New York Times best-selling memoir that reflects on the sudden death of her husband. It is all at once reflective, inspirational, and tender. Alexander covers the full scope of grief, and she grapples with the sad intermingling of love and loss. As seen in this quote, she also reflects on the beauty of marriage. I would recommend this book for anyone who has lost someone they love dearly. It has many deep and soothing reflections on reconciling with loss. Has anyone read this book yet?

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