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Blue Nights | [Joan Didion]

Blue Nights

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2011 Joan Didion (P)2011 Random House

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    Sally Bolivia, NC, United States 12-27-11
    Sally Bolivia, NC, United States 12-27-11 Member Since 2010
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The timeline was very confusing...back and forth between childhood and her daughter as an adult seemed very choppy and disorganized.


    If you’ve listened to books by Joan Didion before, how does this one compare?

    I loved


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    Larisa WEBSTER, NY, United States 07-25-13
    Larisa WEBSTER, NY, United States 07-25-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Not a novel"
    What disappointed you about Blue Nights?

    I did not expect this to be like a journal entry about what it feels like to experience great loss


    What was most disappointing about Joan Didion’s story?

    Not enough time had passed since the incident for the author to synthesize the event and help the reader get to a deeper understanding.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance was ok


    What character would you cut from Blue Nights?

    There really are not "characters". It's a recap of lives and not memorable


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    Huge disappointment. I'm sorry for the author's loss. But I did not enjoy this book at all.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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