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October 29, 2011 11:00 PM

Book review | Joan Didion relects on mortality in her elegiac memoir ‘Blue Nights’

Joan Didion’s “Blue Nights,” a memoir of her daughter Quintana Roo’s life and untimely death at age 39, is a remembering and a reckoning. Didion remembers her adopted daughter at various ages and stages. She takes account of her inevitable parental shortcomings. She also adds up the missed internal memos about her own aging.

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