The title of this memoir derives from a line in the opening of The Divine Comedy: “In the middle of our life’s journey, I found myself in a dark wood.” Luzzi’s dark wood opened the day his pregnant wife was critically injured in a car accident, delivered their daughter and passed away. Becoming a father and widower within hours might have been the recipe for a morbid or maudlin recollection of coming through grief. Instead, as humans have done from the beginning of time, Luzzi turned to literature as a solace and a way to find meaning in the crucible of personal tragedy.
Luzzi will be interviewed on NPR’s Weekend Edition, June 7th. Reviews are scheduled in the New York Times Book Review, Boston Globe, New Yorker. Philadelphia Inquirer, Bookpage and Christian Science Monitor.
Luzzi’s story is intensely personal, but holds universal appeal for anyone who has experienced love and loss. As he grasps blindly for routes out of his personal underworld, both he and the reader discover that only a change of mind and heart can open the way to love and fulfillment.”
“Luzzi honestly grapples with profound questions about being a man and father in this very literary and very personal work.”
— Publishers Weekly
“A forthright chronicle of emergence from darkness.”
— Kirkus Reviews
In a Dark Wood: What Dante Taught Me About Grief, Healing, and the Mysteries of Love (9780062357519) by Joseph Luzzi. $25.99 hardcover. 6/2/15 on sale.