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The Best of Us

Nonfiction: Autobiography & Memoir
Unabridged   12.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 09/05/2017

The Best of Us

A Memoir

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681689760
Digital Download ISBN:9781681689777


From New York Times bestselling author Joyce Maynard, The Best of Us is a memoir about discovering strength in the midst of great loss.

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In 2011, when she was in her late fifties, beloved author and journalist Joyce Maynard met the first true partner she had ever known. Jim wore a rakish hat over a good head of hair; he asked real questions and gave real answers; he loved to see Joyce shine, both in and out of the spotlight; and he didn't mind the mess she made in the kitchen. He was not the husband Joyce imagined, but he quickly became the partner she had always dreamed of.

Before they met, both had believed they were done with marriage, and even after they married, Joyce resolved that no one could alter her course of determined independence. Then, just after their one-year wedding anniversary, her new husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. During the nineteen months that followed, as they battled his illness together, she discovered for the first time what it really meant to be a couple—to be a true partner and to have one.

This is their story. Charting the course through their whirlwind romance, a marriage cut short by tragedy, and Joyce's return to singleness on new terms, The Best of Us is a heart-wrenching, ultimately life-affirming reflection on coming to understand true love through the experience of great loss.


“With great skill Maynard modifies her pitch and tone to reflect a register of emotions from joy to desperation.” —AudioFile

"This haunting story, penned by a master wordsmith, is a reminder to savor every loved one and every day." —Booklist Starred Review

"Maynard’s heartfelt story will resonate with those who have lost loved ones to cancer." —Publishers Weekly

"I love this new work. I think it is the most important writing of her life--profound, heart wrenching, inspiring, full of joy and tears and life." —Anne Lamott

"The Best of Us is so candid, so deeply moving, so powerful . . . a testament to human resilience. Joyce Maynard is unfathomably heroic." —Joyce Carol Oates

Author Bio

Joyce Maynard is the author of several books, including the novels To Die For and Labor Day (both adapted for film) and the bestselling memoir At Home in the World. Her essays and columns have appeared in dozens of publications and numerous collections. She is the founder of the Lake Atitlan Writers' Workshop. Visit her at joycemaynard.com.