Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week's pick: Blue Nights by Joan Didion

Due out November 1, 2011



Product Description taken from Amazon:

From one of our most powerful writers, a work of stunning frankness about losing a daughter. Richly textured with bits of her own childhood and married life with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and daughter, Quintana Roo, this new book by Joan Didion examines her thoughts, fears, and doubts regarding having children, illness, and 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 not taken or perhaps displaced. “How could I have missed what was clearly there to be seen?” Finally, perhaps we all remain unknown to each other. 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 signal the summer solstice, “the opposite of the dying of the brightness, but also its warning”—like The Year of Magical Thinking before it, is an iconic book of incisive and electric honesty, haunting and profoundly moving.

4 comments:

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I've enjoyed this author's books in the past. Thanks for the heads-up.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, I love this author! Thanks for sharing...it's going on my list.

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Kristen said...

I always want to read one of her books but forget when I'm at the bookstore/library. This book sounds really good so I will definitely check it out!

Jill said...

I adored THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING!