Blue Nights (Hardcover)
|Author: Joan Didion|
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|A latest memoir by the author of The Year of Magical Thinking shares the authors frank observations about her daughter, Quintana Roo, as well as her own thoughts and fears about having children and growing old, in a personal account that discusses such topics as her daughters wedding and her feelings of failure as a parent. *Author: Didion, Joan *Publication Date: 2011/11/01 *Number of Pages: 188 *Binding Type: Hardcover *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.75 *Height: 8.25|
From the Publisher:
In her first book since The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion has now written with stunning frankness about her daughter, Quintana Roo, as well as thoughts and fears about having children and about growing old.
Blue Nights opens on July 26, 2010, as Didion thinks back to Quintana’s wedding in New York seven years before. Today would be her wedding anniversary. This fact triggers vivid snapshots of Quintana’s childhood—in Malibu, in Brentwood, at school in Holmby Hills. Reflecting on her daughter but also on her role as a parent, Didion asks the candid questions any parent might about how she feels she failed either because cues were missed or perhaps displaced. Seamlessly woven in are incidents Didion sees as underscoring her own age, something she finds hard to acknowledge, much less accept.
Blue Nights—the long, light evening hours that follow the summer solstice, “the opposite of the dying of the brightness, but also its warning”—is a book that is not only haunting but profoundly moving.
Joan Didion attended the University of California at Berkeley and then moved to New York. She was an editor at Vogue until 1963, when she became a published writer. She married John Gregory Dunne in 1964 and began to collaborate with him on screenplays. They lived in California for many years--where their daughter Quintana Roo was born in 1966--but eventually settled in New York City.
"[R]aw and unsettling, a meandering meditation rather than a polished version of events. Few will find comfort here....Yet, with her poignant description of a much-loved little girl who grew up to be a troubled but still cherished woman, Ms. Dididon has created something luminous amid her self-recrimination and sorrow. It's her final gift to her daughter--one that only she could give." - Clare McHugh 11/02/2001 "Didion is triangulating, positioning herself, commenting on the inability of narrative to sustain us even as she invokes it just the same. Or, as she puts it, surrounded by all her familiar photographs: ?I didn't think I'd get through this book. But I did. You always do.'" - David L. Ulin 10/30/2011