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The year of magical thinking

Author: Joan Didion
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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[In this book, the author] 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Didion, Joan.
Year of magical thinking.
New York : A.A. Knopf, ©2005
(OCoLC)607591267
Named Person: Joan Didion; John Gregory Dunne; Joan Didion; Joan Didion; John Gregory Dunne; Joan Didion; John Gregory Dunne; Joan Didion; John Gregory Dunne
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joan Didion
ISBN: 140004314X 9781400043149 0739469673 9780739469675
OCLC Number: 58563131
Description: 227 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Joan Didion.
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[In this book, the author] 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 ... 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."--Jacket.

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