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Blue Nights

Joan Didion

From one of our most powerful writers, a work of stunning frankness about losing a daughter. Richly textured with bits of her own childhood and married life with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and daughter, Quintana Roo, this new book by Joan Didion examines her thoughts, fears, and doubts regarding having children, illness, and growing old. Blue Nights opens on July 26, 2010, as Didion thinks back to Quintana's wedding in New York seven years before. Today would be her wedding anniversary. This fact triggers vivid snapshots of Quintana's childhood-in Malibu, in Brentwood, at school in Holmby Hills. Reflecting on her daughter but also on her role as a parent, Didion asks the candid questions any parent might about how she feels she failed either because cues were not taken or perhaps displaced. "How could I have missed what was clearly there to be seen?" Finally, perhaps we all remain unknown to each other. Seamlessly woven in are incidents Didion sees as underscoring her own age, something she finds hard to acknowledge, much less accept. Blue Nights-the long, light evening hours that signal the summer solstice, "the opposite of the dying of the brightness, but also its warning"-like The Year of Magical Thinking before it, is an iconic book of incisive and electric honesty, haunting and profoundly moving.

From one of our most powerful writers, a work of stunning frankness about losing a daughter. Richly textured with bits of her own childhood and married life with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and daughter, Quintana Roo, this new book by Joan Didion examines her thoughts, fears, and doubts regarding having children, illness, and growing old. Blue Nights opens on July 26, 2010, as Didion thinks back to Quintana's wedding in New York seven years before. Today would be her wedding anniversary. This fact triggers vivid snapshots of Quintana's childhood-in Malibu, in Brentwood, at school in Holmby Hills. Reflecting on her daughter but also on her role as a parent, Didion asks the candid questions any parent might about how she feels she failed either because cues were not taken or perhaps displaced. "How could I have missed what was clearly there to be seen?" Finally, perhaps we all remain unknown to each other. Seamlessly woven in are incidents Didion sees as underscoring her own age, something she finds hard to acknowledge, much less accept. Blue Nights-the long, light evening hours that signal the summer solstice, "the opposite of the dying of the brightness, but also its warning"-like The Year of Magical Thinking before it, is an iconic book of incisive and electric honesty, haunting and profoundly moving.
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From one of our most powerful writers, a work of stunning frankness about losing a daughter. Richly textured with bits of her own childhood and married life with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and daughter, Quintana Roo, this new book by Joan Didion examines her thoughts, fears, and doubts regarding having children, illness, and growing old. Blue Nights opens on July 26, 2010, as Didion thinks back to Quintana's wedding in New York seven years before. Today would be her wedding anniversary. This fact triggers vivid snapshots of Quintana's childhood-in Malibu, in Brentwood, at school in Holmby Hills. Reflecting on her daughter but also on her role as a parent, Didion asks the candid questions any parent might about how she feels she failed either because cues were not taken or perhaps displaced. "How could I have missed what was clearly there to be seen?" Finally, perhaps we all remain unknown to each other. Seamlessly woven in are incidents Didion sees as underscoring her own age, something she finds hard to acknowledge, much less accept. Blue Nights-the long, light evening hours that signal the summer solstice, "the opposite of the dying of the brightness, but also its warning"-like The Year of Magical Thinking before it, is an iconic book of incisive and electric honesty, haunting and profoundly moving.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kimberly Farr

Length:

4h 22m


Chapters

Free Sample

02:50

Introduction
Introduction

00:16


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:53


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

20:52


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

13:24


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:44


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

16:10


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

01:22


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:20


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:35


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

02:49


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

10:35


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:29


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:25


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:36


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:43


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:52


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:50


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

15:02


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

15:30


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

12:14


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:13


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

01:23


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:04


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

11:25


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:48


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:15


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:56


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

11:33


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:03


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

09:24


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:36


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:23


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

01:54


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:31


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:33


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

09:08


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

00:30