The Year of Magical Thinking | Study Guide

Joan Didion

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Joan Didion, Chapter 1 ou sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends. Sources: New York Times, Slate, Vanity Fair, Vogue Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Denial Scared of loss, Didion convinces herself loved ones will survive. Control Fearful Didion tries to control Quintana’s care to keep her alive. Marriage as Lifetime Partnership Marriage is about memories, conversations, and years together. Themes Joan Didion Contemplative writer and wife of John Gregory Dunne; older woman trying to find her way amidst Dunne’s death and Quintana’s illness John Gregory Dunne Didion’s husband, also a writer, whose death is at the center of the book Quintana Didion and Dunne’s only child, adopted as a baby; has life-threatening health problems Key Figures Didion, an American writer, is mainly known for her memoirs and essays. Her frank examination of her own grief in The Year of Magical Thinking added to what she described as a sparse amount of literature on the subject. Although Didion has rarely written for publication later in life, she remains a cultural icon. JOAN DIDIONBORN 1934 Author By the end of a year, Didion is learning how to live with the loss. Change At moments Didion can’t believe her husband isn’t coming back. Magical Thinking When Didion’s husband unexpectedly dies, she is left shocked and grieving. End of Life as You Know It In December 2003 Joan Didion’s husband suddenly died—shortly after he and Didion visited their only child, who was in a coma. In The Year of Magical Thinking Didion describes life after his death as she tries to endure her daughter’s continuing health crises and make sense of her world. Processing Unimaginable Loss OVERVIEW English Original Language 2005 Year Published Joan Didion Author The Year of Magical Thinking Memoir Nonfiction

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