NPR stories about Blue Nights
In The Year of Magical Thinking, writer Joan Didion contemplated how the rituals of everyday life were fundamentally altered after her husband died suddenly in 2003. The book was published in 2005, just months after Didion's only child, her daughter, Quintana Roo, died at age 39 from complications of pneumonia. Didion pieces together her memories of her daughter's life and death in her new book, Blue Nights. For Didion, Quintana's months-long illness brought back the fears
Joan Didion tries to make sense of another sort of ending with Blue Nights, her devastating companion volume to The Year of Magical Thinking, the searing memoir she wrote about the insanity of grief after her husband and writing partner John Gregory Dunne's sudden death in December 2003. Their adoptive daughter, Quintana Roo, died just 20 months later, at 39, after nearly two harrowing years in a series of ICUs. With her signature mix of directness and ellipsis, Didion
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