The Rory Gilmore Book Club: 20 Of The Gilmore Girls Character’s Most Beloved Books

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The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

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Season six, episode 15, “A Vineyard Valentine” was a painfully out-of-character episode for Luke Danes (a harbinger of revivals to come?) but at least Rory’s reading choice was characteristically on-point. During the world’s most awkward Valentine’s Day couples weekend, Rory cozies up in the Huntzberger’s house on Martha’s Vineyard with The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. Thinking a double-date with Luke and Lorelai would go ~well~ was magical thinking in and of itself, but Joan’s heartbreaking memoir of her daughter’s fatal diagnosis only a year after her husband’s death had much higher stakes. An interesting choice for a romantic weekend away, but strangely befitting of the episode’s grim tone.

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