Where I Live Now

Where I Live Now

A Journey Through Love and Loss to Healing and Hope

Book - 2017 | First Simon and Schuster Canada edition.
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An intimate and uplifting book about finding renewal and hope through grief and loss.

"It was a terrible life; it was an enchanted life; it was a blessed life. And, of course, one day it ended." -- Sharon Butala

In the tradition of Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking , Diana Athill's Somewhere Towards the End, and Atul Gawande's Being Mortal comes a revelatory new book from one of our beloved writers.

When Sharon Butala's husband, Peter, died unexpectedly, she found herself with no place to call home. Torn by grief and loss, she fled the ranchlands of southwest Saskatchewan and moved to the city, leaving almost everything behind. A lifetime of possessions was reduced to a few boxes of books, clothes, and keepsakes. But a lifetime of experience went with her, and a limitless well of memory--of personal failures, of a marriage that everybody said would not last but did, of the unbreakable bonds of family.

Reinventing herself in an urban landscape was painful, and facing her new life as a widow tested her very being. Yet out of this hard-won new existence comes an astonishingly frank, compassionate and moving memoir that offers not only solace and hope but inspiration to those who endure profound loss.

Often called one of this country's true visionaries, Sharon Butala shares her insights into the grieving process and reveals the small triumphs and funny moments that kept her going. Where I Live Now is profound in its understanding of the many homes women must build for themselves in a lifetime.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Simon and Schuster Canada, 2017.
Edition: First Simon and Schuster Canada edition.
ISBN: 9781476790480
Branch Call Number: 819.354 Butal
Characteristics: xv, 174 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Oct 08, 2017

A lovely look back at her life before, during and after her marriage to a rancher, Peter Butala, whose death came in his 70's and the after-effects of which the author is slowly dealing with. She talks of loneliness, memory and roots. A good book.

May 10, 2017

Where I Live Now is Sharon Butala's memoir on widowhood:
Written in her usual soft spoken style , it speaks of her pain ,the way most of us feel it.
Tediously, without flashing lights of melodrama.
It joins a growing body of work on the subject: Joan Didion'sThe year of Magical Thinking:the gold standard on this subject.
Joyce Carol Oates' On Being a widow and Diane Rehm's On My Own are also different voices,each with a unique perspective on this special loss.
Each is well- written, while giving the rest of us a glimpse of what awaits us /or for those who are already there- recognition .

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