The Year of Magical Thinking

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From one of America’s iconic writers, a stunning book of electric honesty and passion. Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage–and a life, in good times and bad–that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child.

Several days before Christmas 2003, John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion saw their only daughter, Quintana, fall ill with what seemed at first flu, then pneumonia, then complete septic shock. She was put into an induced coma and placed on life support. Days later–the night before New Year’s Eve–the Dunnes were just sitting down to dinner after visiting the hospital when John Gregory Dunne suffered a massive and fatal coronary. In a second, this close, symbiotic partnership of forty years was over. Four weeks later, their daughter pulled through. Two months after that, arriving at LAX, she collapsed and underwent six hours of brain surgery at UCLA Medical Center to relieve a massive hematoma.

This powerful book is Didion’s attempt to make sense of the “weeks and then months that cut loose any fixed idea I ever had about death, about illness . . . about marriage and children and memory . . . about the shallowness of sanity, about life itself .

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‘It is the most awesome performance of both participating in, and watching, an event. Even though Didion does not allow herself to break down, only a terribly controlled reader will resist doing the same.’ Independent

‘Ultimately, and unexpectedly for a book about illness and death, this is a wonderfully life-affirming book.’ Observer

‘Searing, informative and affecting. Don’t leave life without it.’ Financial Times

‘This is a beautiful and devastating book by one of the finest writers we have. Didion has always been a precise, humane and meticulously truthful writer, but on the subject of death she becomes essential.’ Zadie Smith

‘Taking the reader to places where they would not otherwise go is one of the things a really good book can do. “The Year of Magical Thinking” does just that, and brilliantly. Powerful, moving and true.’ Spectator

‘A great book, a great work. Angular, exact, pressured and tough, precise as a diamond drill bit.’ Nick Laird

Guardian Books of the Decade, 2005, 'devastating' Vince Cable

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The cover design is a limited edition print (1 of 2000) by Bob Crowley.

Bob Crowley is an award-winning theatre director, scenic and costume designer. He has worked extensively on Broadway and at The Royal National Theatre and The Royal Shakespeare Company in the UK. He was the designer for the stage adaptation of The Year of Magical Thinking.

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Book Description Alfred A. Knopf, NY, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 8th Printing. 227 page hardcover. There's a picture of Ms Didion, Mr. Dunne and Quintana on the back of the dj. The picture is dated 1976. Ms Didion is smoking a cigarette and has what is obviously an alcoholic drink next to her. Neither of the other two do (of course, Quintana was a kid at this point). Ms Didion is still going strong as I write this (at age 81, in early 2016), the other two are gone. Go figure. "Several days before Christmas 2003, John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion saw their only daughter, Quintana, fall ill with what seemed at first flu, then pneumonia, then complete septic shock. She was put into an induced coma and placed on life support. Days later - the night before New Year's Eve - the Dunnes were just sitting down to dinner after visiting the hospital when John Gregory Dunne suffered a massive and fatal coronary. In a second, this close, symbiotic partnership of forty years was over. Four weeks later their daughter pulled through. Two months after that, arriving at LAX, she collapsed and underwent six hours of brain surgery at UCLA Medical Center to relieve a massive hematoma. This powerful book is Didion's attempt to make sense of the 'weeks and then months that cut loose any fixed idea I ever had about death, about illness.about marriage and children and memory.about the shallowness of sanity, about life itself.'" According to Wikipedia, Quintana died "of acute pancreatitis on August 25, 2005.she was thirty-nine". New, unread copy: spine square/TINY bit of bumping at back corner of head, one VERY faint spot on outer edge of page block else the book is perfect (pages white) with NO markings throughout. The dj has a TINY bit of rubbing, TINY bit of bumping at back corner of head of spine else it's perfect, also, with no other flaws. NOT an ex-library, NOT a book club, NOT a remainder, dj NOT price-clipped ("$23.95"). New in New dj. Bookseller Inventory # 012453

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