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Blue Nights by Joan Didion
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Nov 30, 2011

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bookshelves: audiobook, bio-and-memoir, library_books
Read in November, 2011

I had issues with the name dropping and jet-settery of The Year of Magical Thinking, finding this one the same, if not worse, in that regard. It's tough to empathize with what she went through when Didion reminds us of Quintana's life of privilege regularly; at times, she was in-your-face about it. I can accept that was the way things were, but she seemed unwilling to find any sort of common ground with others less fortunate. She spends time on the early death of family friend, and Quintana playmate, Natasha Richardson, saying, "It (early death) wasn't supposed to happen"; I heard a "to girls like this" as well. Still, it's effectively written as a story of loss, with the adoptive parental issues being especially interesting. The repetitive sentences made me very grateful the book was relatively short.

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