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The Year of Magical Thinking
JOAN DIDION

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
975 reviews (2005) (240p)
National Book Critics Circle Award for Memoir Finalist
Pulitzer Prize for Biography Finalist
National Book Award for Nonfiction Winner
New York TimesĀ® Best Nonfiction Books
TIME Magazine Best Nonfiction Books
Amazon 2005 Customer Top 50
Amazon 2005 Editor Top 50
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Book Description
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.

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 powerful 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."


Other Award Winning Books by Joan Didion
Blue Nights by Joan Didion
117 reviews (2011) (p) (Amazon Top100) (PW Nonfiction) (MK Top) (NYT100) (B&N Nonfiction) (TIME Non)
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Democracy by Joan Didion
7 reviews (1984) (240p) (LATimes)
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Book of Common Prayer by Joan Didion
11 reviews (1977) (272p) (NBCCA)
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Joan Didion Award Stats
Major Prize* Nominations 4  
Unique Books Nominated for a Major Prize* 2  
Pulitzer Prize Wins 0  
Pulitzer Prize Nominations 1 The Year of Magical Thinking ·  
National Book Critics Circle Award Wins 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations 2 Book of Common Prayer · The Year of Magical Thinking ·  
National Book Award Wins 1 The Year of Magical Thinking ·  
National Book Award Nominations 1 The Year of Magical Thinking ·  
Man Booker Prize Wins 0  
Man Booker Prize Nominations 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Wins 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Nominations 0  

*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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