JOAN DIDION is the author of five novels and nine books of nonfiction, including The Year of Magical Thinking and Blue Nights. Born in Sacramento, California, Didion now lives in New York City.
'All the essays manifest not only her intelligence but an
instinct for details that continue to emit pulsations in the
reader's memory, and a style that is spare, subtly musical in its
phrasing, and exact. Add to this her highly vulnerable sense of
herself, and the result is a voice like no other in contemporary
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'Demonstrates an uncanny ability to capture the insidious and
pervasive infections of mind and spirit that have led to both the
corruption of government and business, and the withering of the
'Everything Didion writes has a land's end edginess to it - a
hyperattentive eye on the dramas found at the outskirts of the
human condition. She writes as someone who has come through great
shudders of the earth with a fundamental understanding that
everything is subject to instantaneous and complete revision.'
'She is the best chronicler California has'
'Simply an original and unexpected writer who is never
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