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The Year of Magical Thinking

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ISBN13: 9780307279729
ISBN10: 0307279723
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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 forty 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.

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An autobiographical portrait of marriage and motherhood by the acclaimed author details the critical illness of her daughter, Quintana Roo, followed by the fatal coronary of her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and her daughter's second bout with a life-threatening ailment, and her struggle to come to terms with life and death, illness, sanity, personal upheaval, and grief. 60,000 first printing.

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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cdasso668, November 21, 2010 (view all comments by cdasso668)
This book took me on an emotional roller coaster.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307279729
Publisher:
Knopf
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography-General
Author:
Didion, Joan
Author:
Joan Didion
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Literary
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Women
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Women
Subject:
Audio Books-Biography
Subject:
Audio Books-World Affairs
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
Grief
Subject:
Loss (psychology)
Subject:
Self-Help; Grief
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main_subject
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all_subjects
Publication Date:
20051004
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
227

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Product details 227 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307279729 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , An autobiographical portrait of marriage and motherhood by the acclaimed author details the critical illness of her daughter, Quintana Roo, followed by the fatal coronary of her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and her daughter's second bout with a life-threatening ailment, and her struggle to come to terms with life and death, illness, sanity, personal upheaval, and grief. 60,000 first printing.
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