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Gail Caldwell

  • ... the territory of grief ... is both cruel and commonplace.

    • Gail Caldwell,
    • in The New York Times Book Review ()
  • ... memory is both the curse of grief and the eventual talisman against it; what at first seems unbearable becomes the succor that can outlast pain.

    • Gail Caldwell,
    • in The New York Times Book Review ()
  • Grief doesn't necessarily make you noble. Sometimes it just makes you crazy, or primitive with fear ...

    • Gail Caldwell,
    • in The New York Times Book Review ()
  • ... the mother's first job is to raise a daughter strong enough to outlast her.

    • Gail Caldwell,
    • in The New York Times Book Review ()
  • The only education in grief that any of us ever gets is a crash course.

  • I thought grief was a simple, wrenching realm of sadness and longing that gradually receded. What that definition left out was the body blow that loss inflicts.

    • Gail Caldwell

Gail Caldwell, U.S. book critic, Pulitzer Prize winner

(1951)