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The year of magical thinking

Author: Joan Didion; Barbara Caruso
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : HighBridge, ℗2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView 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: Audiobooks
Biography
Named Person: Joan Didion; John Gregory Dunne; Joan Didion; Joan Didion
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joan Didion; Barbara Caruso
ISBN: 1598955365 9781598955361
OCLC Number: 799260531
Notes: Issued on Playaway, a dedicated audio media player.
Accompanying material may vary.
Performer(s): Read by Barbara Caruso.
Description: 1 sound media player (5.25 hr.) : digital ; 9 x 6 cm
Details: Playaway Digital Audio.
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.

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