The Year of Magical Thinking
by Joan Didion
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers
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From one of America’s iconic writers, a portrait of a marriage and a life in good and bad – that will talk to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or childA superb book of electric, honesty and passionA few days before Christmas 2003, John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion saw their only daughter, Quintana, fall ill.At first, they thought it was the flu, then pneumonia, and then fill the sceptical shock.She was placed in an artificial coma and placed on the support of life.Days later – the night before New Year’s Eve – the Dunnes were just sitting for dinner, after visiting the hospital, when John suffered a very large and fatal coronary heart attack.In a second, this close, symbiotic partnership of 40 years was more thanFour weeks later, their daughter was shot throughTwo months later, when she arrived in LA at the airport, she collapsed and underwent six hours of brain surgery at the UCLA Medical Centre to relieve a massive hematoma.This powerful book is Didion’s “attempt to give a sense of weeks, then months that detached from any fixed idea I ever had about death, about the disease.on marriage and children and memorythe transient nature of mental health, to life itself.”The result is an intensely personal and universal exploration of the experience: a portrait of a marriage, and a life, in good times and bad.
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