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“Thrilling . . . a living, sharp, and memorable book. . . . An exact, candid, and penetrating account of
personal terror and bereavement . . . sometimes quite funny because it dares to tell the truth.”
—Robert Pinsky, The New York Times Book Review
“Stunning candor and piercing details. . . . An indelible portrait of loss and grief.”
—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“I can’t think of a book we need more than hers. . . . I can’t imagine dying without this book.”
—John Leonard, New York Review of Books
“Achingly beautiful. . . . We have come to admire and love Didion for her preternatural poise, unrivaled eye for
absurdity, and Orwellian distaste for cant. It is thus a difficult, moving, and extraordinarily poignant experience to
watch her direct such scrutiny inward.”
—Gideon Lewis-Kraus, Los Angeles Times
“An act of consummate literary bravery, a writer known for her clarity allowing us to watch her mind as it becomes
clouded with grief. . . . It also skips backward in time [to] call up a shimmering portrait of her unique marriage. . .
. To make her grief real, Didion shows us what she has lost.”
—Lev Grossman, Time
About the Author
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.
Joan Didion's Where I Was From, Political Fictions, The Last Thing He Wanted, After Henry, Miami, Democracy, Salvador, A
Book of Common Prayer, and Run River are available in Vintage paperback.
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