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Blue Nights by Joan Didion
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Nov 26, 11


Joan Didion is a master of prose. She tells the story of the adoption, life, and early death of her daughter Quintana Roo Dunn. The story is not told in a chronological fashion but rather in a flash back style. Her use of this style seems to mirror how the grief process works in people--things, sights, smells, sounds, moods, times of year all evoke memories of the lost loved one.

Didion's book only captures her and a bit of her deceased husband's realtionship with Quintana. There is a chapter that discusses Quintana's contact with her biological family, but Quintana's husband remains an almost not existant figure in the book.

Read it if you like Didion's writing or if you have lost someone close to you.
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