Blue Nights

Blue Nights

By (author) Joan Didion


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A "New York Times" Notable BookFrom one of our most powerful writers, a work of stunning frankness about losing a daughter.Richly textured with memories from her own childhood and married life with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and daughter, Quintana Roo, this new book by Joan Didion is an intensely personal and moving account of her thoughts, fears, and doubts regarding having children, illness and growing old.As she reflects on her daughter's life and on her role as a parent, Didion grapples with the candid questions that all parents face, and contemplates her age, something she finds hard to acknowledge, much less accept. "Blue Nights"--the long, light evening hours that signal the summer solstice, "the opposite of the dying of the brightness, but also its warning"--like "The Year of Magical Thinking" before it, is an iconic book of incisive and electric honesty, haunting and profound.

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  • Paperback | 188 pages
  • 129.54 x 198.12 x 25.4mm | 226.8g
  • 01 Jul 2012
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0307387380
  • 9780307387387
  • 71,256

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Joan Didion was born in Sacramento, California, and now lives in New York City. She is the author of five novels and eight previous books of nonfiction. Her collected nonfiction, "We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live, "was published by Everyman's Library in 2006.

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"Incantatory. . . . A beautiful condolence note to humanity about some of the painful realities of the human condition." --"The Washington Post" "Heartbreaking. . . . A searing inquiry into loss and a melancholy mediation on mortality and time." --Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times" "Joan Didion is a brilliant observer, a powerful thinker, a writer whose work has been central to the times in which she has lived. "Blue Nights" continues her legacy." --"The Boston Globe" "Exemplary...provocative. . . . [Didion] comes fully to realize, and to face squarely, the dismaying fact that against life's worst onslaughts nothing avails, not even art; especially not art." --John Banville, "The New York Times Book Review" "A beautiful, soaring, polyphonic eulogy. . . . What appears on the surface to be an elegantly, intelligently, deeply felt, precisely written story of the loss of a beloved child is actually an elegantly, intelligently, deeply felt, precisely written glimpse into the abyss, a book that forces us to understand, to admit, that there can be no preparation for tragedy, no protection from it, and so, finally, no consolation." --"The New York Review of Books" "Profoundly moving. . . . This is first and last a meditation on mortality." --"San Francisco Chronicle" "Ms. Didion has translated the sad hum of her thoughts into a profound meditation on mortality. The result aches with a wisdom that feels dreadfully earned." --"The Economist" "For the great many of us who cherish Joan Didion, who can never get enough of her voice and her brilliant, fragile, endearing, pitiless persona, ["Blue Nights"] is a gift." --"Newsday" "Exquisite. . . . She applies the same rigorous standards of research and meticulous observeation to her own life that she expects from herself in journalism. And to get down to the art of what she does, her sense of form is as sharp as a glass-cutter's, and her sentences fold back on them

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