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The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion | Snobysm Book Club

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion | Snobysm Book Club

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion (2005)

227 pages

biography memoir essays 

 

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. 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.

 

“Life changes in the instant. The ordinary instant.”

 

A raw and heartbreaking insight into what Joan Didion had to endure when her partner and daughter died within weeks apart. We feel so appreciative for Didion to have shared such personal emotions with her readers, you are very much missed. 

 

 

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