Blue Nights

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 188 pages

From one of our most powerful writers, a work of stunning frankness about losing a daughter. Richly textured with bits of her own childhood and married life with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and daughter, Quintana Roo, this new book by Joan Didion examines her thoughts, fears, and doubts regarding having children, illness, and growing old.

Blue Nights opens on July 26, 2010, as Didion thinks back to Quintana's wedding in New York seven years before. Today would be her wedding anniversary. This fact triggers vivid snapshots of Quintana's childhood-in Malibu, in Brentwood, at school in Holmby Hills. Reflecting on her daughter but also on her role as a parent, Didion asks the candid questions any parent might about how she feels she failed either because cues were not taken or perhaps displaced. "How could I have missed what was clearly there to be seen?" Finally, perhaps we all remain unknown to each other. Seamlessly woven in are incidents Didion sees as underscoring her own age, something she finds hard to acknowledge, much less accept.

Blue Nights-the long, light evening hours that signal the summer solstice, "the opposite of the dying of the brightness, but also its warning"-like The Year of Magical Thinking before it, is an iconic book of incisive and electric honesty, haunting and profoundly moving.

 

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Blue Nights follows Joan Didion’s bestselling memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking, which had concentrated on the sudden death of her husband, John Gregory Dunne. This memoir mostly focuses on the ... Read full review

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That was an interesting read. Didion remembers her daughter. It begins with her wedding, because the pictures of the clothes have impressed her. In between, she tells of saying goodbye in the hospital ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
5
Section 3
18
Section 4
27
Section 5
31
Section 6
38
Section 7
42
Section 8
44
Section 20
103
Section 21
112
Section 22
116
Section 23
118
Section 24
123
Section 25
131
Section 26
134
Section 27
137

Section 9
47
Section 10
53
Section 11
55
Section 12
62
Section 13
65
Section 14
68
Section 15
70
Section 16
75
Section 17
80
Section 18
83
Section 19
93
Section 28
142
Section 29
150
Section 30
156
Section 31
162
Section 32
169
Section 33
171
Section 34
173
Section 35
178
Section 36
183
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About the author (2011)

Joan Didion was born in Sacramento, California, and now lives in New York City. She is the author of five novels and eight previous books of nonfiction. Her collected nonfiction, We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live, was published by Everyman's Library in 2006.

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