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This is a slightly longer version of the tribute Trillin wrote to his wife that appeared in the New Yorker (March 27, 2006). It is a wonderfully written love story about their romance and married life of 36 years and Alice’s 25-year bout with lung cancer (which she may have gotten from secondhand smoke). The book says little about her disease, since Alice apparently didn’t let it dominate her life or overcome her indomitable spirit. Alice died on September 11, 2001. It wasn’t her cancer that killed her, but cardiac arrest. Her doctors said that the radiation she received was probably what destroyed her heart. About Alice is less reflective about life and loss than Joan Didion’s tribute to her late husband in The Year of Magical Thinking, but Trillin is a better storyteller and less quirky than Didion.

 

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