Posted on 12/01/2018 at 08:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

There’s so much to admire about Jonathan Santlofer, as we learned from his recent interview on Fresh Air.

The author and artist lost his wife without any warning five years ago and spent a good chunk of his early widowhood trying to determine what exactly had happened.

As if grieving while fighting for answers weren’t enough, Santlofer himself went through a string of bad medical breaks (literally), too.

One day, though, he began bringing out the photographs he’d hidden of his wife and sketching them.

The process made him feel closer to her and ultimately inspired his new memoir, The Widower's Notebook.

Listen to Santlofer’s conversation about mourning, recovering, and creating with Terry Gross below or read highlights on NPR’s website.

Categories: Author Interview

Tagged As: Author interview, Memoir, NPR

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