A Book of Common Prayer

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Vintage International, 1995 - Fiction - 272 pages
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Writing with the telegraphic swiftness and microscopic sensitivity that have made her one of our most distinguished journalists, Joan Didion creates a shimmering novel of innocence and evil.A Book of Common Prayer is the story of two American women in the derelict Central American nation of Boca Grande. Grace Strasser-Mendana controls much of the country's wealth and knows virtually all of its secrets; Charlotte Douglas knows far too little. "Immaculate of history, innocent of politics," she has come to Boca Grande vaguely and vainly hoping to be reunited with her fugitive daughter. As imagined by Didion, her fate is at once utterly particular and fearfully emblematic of an age of conscienceless authority and unfathomable violence.

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Blessed pecking sparrows, Didion's prose. - Goodreads
Well-written -- it's not that I didn't like the prose. - Goodreads
For her narrative voice is always there. - Goodreads

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I picked up A Book of Common Prayer for the author (whom I knew only as an essayist) and the title, with its promise of religious significance, liturgy, and universality. I just finished the book an ... Read full review

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If you've read her essays, you know that Joan Didion has a unique, almost meandering writing style that tends to arrive at sharp points in delightfully roundabout ways. Her novels are no different ... Read full review


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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.

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