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Blue Nights by Joan Didion
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Jan 03, 2012

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I suppose there was a certain amount of "rubber-necking" on my part when I picked up this book. I had read The Year of Magical Thinking and thought it was terrific and part of me just wanted to know how a person handles a second personal tragedy coming so soon after the first. I also wanted to know just what did lead to four hospitalizations and eventual death of Didion's daughter Quintana Roo. "Cerebral bleed" is the only explanation given; what, why, how -- none of that is explained.

This is a book of mortality, self-questioning, regrets, and grief. Often the narrative is more blank verse than prose, a raw expose of what-ifs and should-I-haves. If TYOMT was about coping, this is about defeat. Be prepared to be depressed.

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