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Joy: Poet, Seeker, and the Woman Who Captivated C. S. Lewis

By Abigail Santamaria

Joy: Poet, Seeker, and the Woman Who Captivated C. S. Lewis

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Started reading:
3 October 2015
Finished reading:
17 October 2015

Review

Splendid biography of one of the most remarkable women of the twentieth century: an atheist writer of Jewish extraction, a member of the Communist Party, who subsequently converted to Christianity and in her later years won the heart of Christian author/theologian C. S. Lewis. Brilliant and headstrong as a child, Joy Davidman acquired a reputation for being difficult, or worse; Lewis brought delight to her soul, even as her body was being ravaged by what turned out to be bone cancer. So no happy ending here; but biographer Abigail Santamaria has told the tale as compellingly as you’d hoped, without papering over the rough spots along the way.