Run River

Run River

By (author) Joan Didion


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Joan Didion's electrifying first novel is a haunting portrait of a marriage whose wrong turns and betrayals are at once absolutely idiosyncratic and a razor-sharp commentary on the history of California. Everett McClellan and his wife, Lily, are the great-grandchildren of pioneers, and what happens to them is a tragic epilogue to the pioneer experience, a story of murder and betrayal that only Didion could tell with such nuance, sympathy, and suspense.

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  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 15.24mm | 272.15g
  • 01 Jul 1997
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Vintage Books
  • New York
  • English
  • Vintage Intl.
  • 0679752501
  • 9780679752509
  • 193,897

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Author Information

Joan Didion was born in California and lives in New York City. She is the author of five novels and seven previous books of nonfiction.

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"There hasn't been another American writer of Joan Didion's quality since Nathanael West.... [She has] a vision as bleak and precise as Eliot's." --John Leonard, "The New York Times""A slant of vision that is arresting and unique . . . Didion might be an observer from another planet--one so edgy and alert that she ends up knowing more about our own world than we know ourselves."""--Anne Tyler, "New Republic""A beautifully told first novel . . . written in prose both witty and imaginative." --"The Times Literary Supplement "(London)

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