Say Her Name, By Francisco Goldman

The memoir of a ghostly ruin

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A novel that tells a true story and reads like a memoir, Francisco Goldman's profound and elegant love letter to his young wife, after she died in an accident on a surfing holiday, is an account of the "ghostly ruin" that the death of a loved one can make of us.

Aura was a PhD student working in New York when Goldman met and fell in love with her. Despite the age difference, to which Goldman was always sensitive, and the objections of her mother, who adored her, they made a happy marriage. His sorrow for what his young wife has lost, as a woman who will never grow old, is palpable and devastating.