The Light of the World

  • by Elizabeth Alexander
  • Narrated by Elizabeth Alexander
  • 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In The Light of the World, Elizabeth Alexander finds herself at an existential crossroads after the sudden death of her husband, who was just 50. Reflecting with gratitude on the exquisite beauty of her married life that was, grappling with the subsequent void, and feeling a reenergized devotion to her two teenage sons, Alexander channels her poetic sensibilities into a rich, lucid prose that describes a very personal and yet universal quest for meaning, understanding, and acceptance. She examines the journey we take in life through the lens of her own emotional and intellectual evolution, taking stock of herself at the midcentury mark.
This exquisite memoir is for anyone who has loved and lost. It's about being strong when you want to collapse, about being grateful when someone has been stolen from you. It's Elizabeth Alexander's story, but it is all of our stories because it is about discovering what matters.
A deeply resonant memoir for anyone who has loved and lost, from acclaimed poet and Pulitzer Prize finalist Elizabeth Alexander.
The Light of the World is both an endlessly compelling memoir and a deeply felt meditation on the blessings of love, family, art, and community. It is also a lyrical celebration of a life well lived and a paean to the priceless gift of human companionship. For those who have loved and lost, or for anyone who cares about what matters most, The Light of the World is required listening.


What the Critics Say

"Alexander should be proud because she is one of the few authors who also successfully narrate their own book. She has a sunny, vibrant voice that accentuates the good times she writes about, but she's also able to moderate her tone for the most serious passages, making the story more nuanced and interesting." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

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Eloquently written, moving and beautiful memoir

What made the experience of listening to The Light of the World the most enjoyable?

The author/narrator's voice is lovely and authentic as she reads the words she has so beautifully written.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the way she constructed the memoir, how she introduced me to her husband and the life of their family, and how she made me feel the love they shared and the loss they felt.

What about Elizabeth Alexander’s performance did you like?

It was rich, textured, moving, and authentic. It felt like a spoken word poetry session given by a good friend.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes... and I think I might listen to it again.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this book. It is a touching tribute to the life of her late husband and of the life they shared together.

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- Natalie Tomich


Incredibly moving. Incredibly well written. Incredibly honest. I enjoyed this book from start to finish - and highly recommend it!
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- Brooke

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-21-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio