Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader.
In a Dark Wood: What Dante Taught Me about Grief, Healing, and the Mysteries of Love by Joseph Luzzi
"'In the middle of our life's journey, I found myself in a dark wood.' So begins one of the most celebrated and challenging poems ever written, Dante's Divine Comedy, a fourteen-thousand-line epic about the soul's journey through the afterlife."
And our author, a Dante expert, uses the dark wood as a metaphor and a path through his own grief after his wife dies.