My wife’s mysterious death, and what came next

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Do I start with the part where I am paralyzed, back pressed hard against the living room wall, shrinking into it but watching as if through a lens zooming in and out of the action, near then far, all of it taking place no more than five, six feet in front of me, firemen pushing the coffee table aside, books toppling, paramedics rolling my wife onto the floor, one tearing open her blouse and searching for a heartbeat, another pressing her chest up and down as a second team races in and a woman takes over, flips open a black…

Jonathan Santlofer

Jonathan Santlofer is an author and artist. His memoir The Widower's Notebook is available from Penguin Random House Books.

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