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ISBN
9780007414987

Publication date
10th November 2011

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Play It As It Lays

Author Joan Didion

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On the surface Maria is a fading Hollywood actress suffering beautifully in beautiful surroundings. Beneath is a tangibly lost and unforgettable character. This is no vain existential crisis. Didion wrote this with pitch-perfect precision.

Benny called for a round of Cuba Libres and I gave him some chips to play for me and went to the ladies’ room and never came back. Somewhere out beyond Hollywood, hollowed-out actress Maria Wyeth’s life plays out in a numbing routine of perpetual freeway driving. In her early thirties, divorced from her husband, dislocated from friends, anesthetized to pain and pleasure, Wheth is a woman who has run out of both desires and motives – the epitome of a generation made ill by too much freedom.

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