This is a debut novel of Joan Didion published in 1963. It is about a family in California during the first half of the twentieth century. The story is also merged with the history and development of California after World War II.
The narrative started out slowly for me. The first scene is set in 1959. The story then proceeds to the beginning of this particular generation, some decades earlier, and then proceeds back, eventually to 1959. At first I was having trouble getting interested in the story. However the narrative grew on me and by the end, I found the story quite engrossing. There were also quite a few historical and literary references within the story that I researched and found quite interesting. It is obvious to me that Joan Didion is a well read and well educated author.
I purchased the book on Kindle and also the audiobook narration, performed by Holly Cate. Miss Cate was excellent. I often use audiobook to compensate for I consider to be my own "flawed inner narrator". Accordingly it is not easy for me to say how I would have felt about this book if I had read it without the assistance of Miss Cate.
In summary, I really enjoyed this book and audiobook very much. As this is the debut novel of Joan Didion, I intend to find her second novel, I think it is "Play It As It Lays", and read her works in the order she wrote them. Thank You...