Joan Didion was born in California and lives in New York City. She is the author of five novels and seven previous books of nonfiction.
Joan Didion's Where I Was From, Political Fictions, The Last Thing He Wanted, After Henry, Miami, Democracy, Salvador, A Book of Common Prayer, and Run River are available in Vintage paperback.
"Her book is thrilling . . . a living, sharp, memorable book . . .
An exact, candid, and penetrating account of personal terror and
bereavement . . . sometimes quite funny because it dares to tell
-Robert Pinsky, The New York Times Book Review (cover)
"An act of consummate literary bravery, a writer known for her
clarity allowing us to watch her mind as it becomes clouded with
grief . . . It also skips backward in time [to] call up a
shimmering portrait of her unique marriage . . . To make her grief
real, Didion shows us what she has lost."
-Lev Grossman, Time "I can't think of a book we need more than hers . . . I can't imagine dying without this book."
-John Leonard, New York Review of Books "Achingly beautiful . . . We have come to admire and love Didion for her preternatural poise, unrivaled eye for absurdity, and Orwellian distaste for cant. It is thus a difficult, moving, and extraordinarily poignant experience to watch her direct such scrutiny inward."
-Gideon Lewis-Kraus, Los Angeles Times "Stunning candor and piercing details . . . An indelible portrait of loss and grief . . . [A] haunting portrait of a four-decade-long marriage."
-Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times