Adult Fiction GOLDMAN
Summary: Francisco Goldman's not-quite memoir, not-quite novel, arrives with a plethora of quotes attesting to its haunting beauty, heart-wrenching story, exquisite writing. For once, these are not platitudes proffered by fellow writers to help a friend sell books. No, they are nothing less than the truth of the matter. Goldman's account of his all-too-brief marriage to the writer Aura Estrada, before her horrendously early death in a surf-boarding accident, is one of the most moving, passionate, anguished, love stories this reader has EVER encountered. Indeed, there is only one problem with the work. It is SO well done, SO intimate, that one cannot help but feel, every so often, that this is TOO personal. I should not be reading this! I'm an intruder; An outlier! But one does keep reading. Because one cannot stop. And we feel, finally, exhilarated at the end, that such a love... and such a writer... can be.
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His wife of two years broke her neck while body surfing during their vacation; her family blamed Francisco and he blamed himself; tracked his stages of grief and recovery; collected everything he could about his wife; determined to keep her memory alive.