Play It as It Lays

Play It as It Lays

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 213 pages
  • 140 x 208 x 15mm | 204g
  • New York
  • English
  • 2nd Second Edition, Revised ed.
  • 0374529949
  • 9780374529949
  • 89,423

Review quote

"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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About Joan Didion

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. Her books include The White Album, Play It As It Lays, and Slouching Towards Bethlehem. She lives in New York City.
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23,095 ratings
3.87 out of 5 stars
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4 38% (8,823)
3 24% (5,478)
2 7% (1,541)
1 2% (423)
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