Sunday, August 27, 2006

Joan DIDION ... The Year of Magical Thinking (2005)

IN 2003, Joan Didion lost her husband of four decades. Less than two years later, her only child, Quintana Roo, passed away. One of the pioneers of New Journalism in the 1960s, Mrs. John Gregory Dunne had brilliantly chronicled America’s cultural and political life; now she faced documenting her own grief in her memoir of loss, grief and remembering, The Year of Magical Thinking (2005). And she does it well with candour and passion.

DIDION Joan [1934-] Essayist, novelist. Born in Sacramento, California, U.S. Novels The Last Thing He Wanted (1996); Democracy (1984); A Book of Common Prayer (1977); Play It As It Lays (1970); Run, River (1963) Nonfiction We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: Collected Nonfiction (2006); Miami (1987); Salvador (1983) Essays Vintage Didion (2004); Political Fictions (2001); After Henry (1992); The White Album (1979); Slouching Toward Bethlehem (1968) Memoir The Year of Magical Thinking (2005: shortlisted for the 2005 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography); Where I Was From (2003) Travel Sentimental Journeys (After Henry) (1992)


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