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Play It as It Lays

By (author) Joan Didion , Introduction by David Thomson

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A ruthless dissection of American life in the late 1960s, "Play It As It Lays" captures the mood of an entire generation. Joan Didion chose Hollywood to serve as her microcosm of contemporary society and exposed a culture characterized by emptiness and ennui.

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  • Paperback | 213 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 17.78mm | 226.8g
  • 15 Nov 2005
  • Farrar Straus Giroux
  • English
  • 0374529949
  • 9780374529949
  • 22,610

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Joan Didion is the author of many works of fiction and nonfiction, as well as several screenplays written with her late husband, John Gregory Dunne. She lives in New York City.

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"There hasn't been another American writer of Joan Didion's quality since Nathanel West . . . A terrifying book."--John Leonard," The New York Times " "Simple, restrained, intelligent, well-structured, witty, irresistibly relentless, forthright in diction, and untainted by the sensational, "Play It As It Lays" is a book of outstanding literary quality."-"-Library Journal" """[A] scathing novel, distilling venom in tiny drops, revealing devastation in a sneer and fear in a handful of atomic dust."--J. R. Frakes, " Book World"

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