Joan Didion





Joan Didion

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born
in Sacramento, California, The United States
December 05, 1934

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Joan Didion was born in California and lives in New York City. She's best known for her novels and her literary journalism.

Her novels and essays explore the disintegration of American morals and cultural chaos, where the overriding theme is individual and social fragmentation. A sense of anxiety or dread permeates much of her work.


Average rating: 3.88 · 117,327 ratings · 10,600 reviews · 46 distinct works · Similar authors
The Year of Magical Thinking
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Slouching Towards Bethlehem
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Blue Nights
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Play It as It Lays
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The White Album
4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 5,560 ratings — published 1979 — 11 editions
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A Book of Common Prayer
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 1,715 ratings — published 1977 — 21 editions
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Where I Was From
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Democracy
3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 1,176 ratings — published 1984 — 24 editions
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Salvador
3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 1,203 ratings — published 1983 — 12 editions
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“Grammar is a piano I play by ear.”
Joan Didion, Essays & Conversations

“Life changes in the instant. The ordinary instant.”
Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking

“I think we are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not. Otherwise they turn up unannounced and surprise us, come hammering on the mind's door at 4 a.m. of a bad night and demand to know who deserted them, who betrayed them, who is going to make amends.”
Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem

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