Blue Nights

By Joan Didion
(Knopf, Hardcover, 9780307267672, 208pp.)

Publication Date: November 1, 2011

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“In The Year of Magical Thinking, Didion was able to clearly convey her emotions following the death of her husband while maintaining every bit of her iconic and masterful style. Blue Nights is both a continuation of that earlier book and a completely different work that takes the form of a stream-of-consciousness examination of life told through memory snapshots of the life and loss of her daughter, Quintana Roo, as well as Didion's own doubts and fears. This is a haunting, beautiful book.”
-- Michael Link, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH


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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.




About the Author

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.




NPR
Wednesday, Nov 2, 2011

Two years after the death of her husband, Joan Didion suffered the untimely loss of her only daughter. She pieces together her memories of Quintana Roo in her new memoir, Blue Nights. More at NPR.org

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