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Blue Nights

(2011)
A non fiction book by

 
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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Hardback Editions

November 2011 : UK Hardback
Title: Blue Nights
Author(s): Joan Didion
ISBN: 0-00-743289-5 / 978-0-00-743289-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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November 2011 : USA Hardback
Title: Blue Nights
Author(s): Joan Didion
ISBN: 0-307-26767-9 / 978-0-307-26767-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

January 2012 : UK Paperback
Title: Blue Nights
Author(s): Joan Didion
ISBN: 0-00-743290-9 / 978-0-00-743290-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

May 2012 : USA Paperback
Title: Blue Nights
Author(s): Joan Didion
ISBN: 0-307-38738-0 / 978-0-307-38738-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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November 2011 : UK Paperback
Title: Blue Nights
Author(s): Joan Didion
ISBN: 0-00-743292-5 / 978-0-00-743292-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

November 2011 : USA Paperback
Title: Blue Nights (Random House Large Print)
Author(s): Joan Didion
ISBN: 0-7393-7843-0 / 978-0-7393-7843-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
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Audio Editions

November 2011 : UK Audio edition
Title: Blue Nights
Author(s): Joan Didion
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Availability: Amazon UK   

November 2011 : USA Audio CD
Title: Blue Nights
Author(s): Joan Didion
ISBN: 0-307-94081-0 / 978-0-307-94081-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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November 2011 : USA Audio CD
Title: Blue Nights (Lib)(CD)
Author(s): Joan Didion
ISBN: 0-307-94083-7 / 978-0-307-94083-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
Availability: Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

January 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Blue Nights (Enhanced Edition)
Author(s): Joan Didion
Publisher: Knopf
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

November 2011 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Blue Nights
Author(s): Joan Didion
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon UK   

November 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Blue Nights
Author(s): Joan Didion
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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