The Year of Magical Thinking

The Year of Magical Thinking

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From one of America's iconic writers, a stunning book of electric honesty and passion. Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage-and a life, in good times and bad-that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child. Several days before Christmas 2003, John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion saw their only daughter, Quintana, fall ill with what seemed at first flu, then pneumonia, then complete septic shock. She was put into an induced coma and placed on life support. Days later-the night before New Year's Eve-the Dunnes were just sitting down to dinner after visiting the hospital when John Gregory Dunne suffered a massive and fatal coronary. In a second, this close, symbiotic partnership of 40 years was over. Four weeks later, their daughter pulled through. Two months after that, arriving at LAX, she collapsed and underwent six hours of brain surgery at UCLA Medical Center to relieve a massive hematoma. This powerful book is Didion's "attempt to make sense of the weeks and then months that cut loose any fixed idea I ever had about death, about illness ...about marriage and children and memory ...about the shallowness of sanity, about life itself. "show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 138 x 218 x 24mm | 381.02g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • FOURTH ESTATE LTD
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 000721684X
  • 9780007216840
  • 1,911,854

Author information

Joan Didion was born in California and lives in New York. She is the author of five novels and seven previous books of nonfiction: Where I Was From, Political Fictions, The Last Thing He Wanted, After Henry, Miami, Democracy, Salvador, The White Album, A Book of Common Prayer, Play It as It Lays, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, and Run River.show more

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Praise for Joan Didion: 'She is a voice like no other in contemporary journalism.' New York Times 'Everything Didion writes has a land's end edginess to it - a hyperattentive eye on the dramas of the human condition. She writes as someone who has come through great shudders of the earth with a fundamental understanding that everything is subject to instantaneous and complete revision.' Village Voice 'She is the best chronicler California has.' Vogue 'Her tough, beautiful, surgically precise prose is like nothing else I've ever read.' Donna Tarttshow more

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