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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User Review  - Christine - Goodreads

Occasionally there would be a beautiful turn of phrase or character depiction that made me want to take notes... but for me, this novel was uninteresting and at times a pain to read. Perhaps I had too ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kim Fay - Goodreads

I love Joan Didion so much that I didn't read this novel for 2 decades. I read every other novel she wrote, but the thought of not having a single new Didion novel to read was too much for me. So I ... 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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