Joan Didion is one of America's most respected writers, her work constituting some of the greatest portraits of modern-day American culture. Over the four decades of her career, she has produced widely-acclaimed journalistic essays, personal essays, novels, non-fiction, memoir and screenplays. Her memoir The Year of Magical Thinking won the National Book Award in 2005.
"Didion's essays of a world featuring barricades and bombings,
mass murders and kidnapped heiresses make recent history as
filtered through her seem a savage and passionate drama, something
you can put a hand on and feel it beating, something you can put
your ear to and hear its story."
"Brilliant, troubling, indelible tales and reflections."
SAN DIEGO TRIBUNE
"Reveals a wholly original analytic mind, a sensibility as
expansive and idiosyncratic as a 19th-century novelist's."
"Our quintessential essayist."
JERRY KOSINSKI, 'LA Times'