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The Last Love Song
A Biography of Joan Didion
By (author): Tracy Daugherty
9781250105943 Paperback, Trade English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary Figures Oct 04, 2016 Print Run: 35000
$27.99 CAD
Active 5.59 x 8.26 x 1.26 in 752 pages Plus one 8-page black-and-white photograph insert St. Martin's Press St. Martin's Griffin
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year 2015, Long-listed Oregon Book Award - Winner 2017, Winner

InThe Last Love Song,Tracy Daugherty, the critically acclaimed author of Hiding Man(a New Yorker and New York TimesNotable book) and Just One Catch, and subject of the hit documentaryThe Center Will Not Hold on Netflix delves deep into the life of distinguished American author and journalist Joan Didion in this, the first printed biography published about her life.

Joan Didion lived a life in the public and private eye with her late husband, writer John Gregory Dunne, whom she met while the two were working in New York City when Didion was atVogue and Dunne was writing forTime.They became wildly successful writing partners when they moved to Los Angeles and co-wrote screenplays and adaptations together.

Didion is well-known for her literary journalistic style in both fiction and non-fiction. Some of her most-notable work includesSlouching Towards Bethlehem, Run River, andThe Year of Magical Thinking, a National Book Award winner and shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize. It dealt with the grief surrounding Didion after the loss of her husband and daughter. Daugherty takes readers on a journey back through time, following a young Didion in Sacramento through to her adult life as a writer interviewing those who know and knew her personally, while maintaining a respectful distance from the reclusive literary great.

The Last Love Song reads like fiction; lifelong fans, and readers learning about Didion for the first time will be enthralled with this impressive tribute.

TRACY DAUGHERTY is theNew York Times bestselling author of published novels, short story collections, and a book of personal essays. His biographies of Donald Barthelme,Hiding Man,and Joseph Heller,Just One Catch,received rave reviews. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Currently, he is Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at Oregon State University.

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“Compelling.” —Washington Post

“Thoughtful and ambitious.” — Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

“It is rare to find a biographer so temperamentally, intellectually, and even stylistically matched with his subject as Tracy Daugherty.” —Joyce Carol Oates,New York Review of Books

“Intelligent and elegant.” —Louis Menand,The New Yorker

“A-”—Entertainment Weekly

“A comprehensive, absorbing look at the life of th iconic author Joan Didion (our literary girl crush!) by a top-notch biographer.”—Good Housekeeping

“[Daugherty] gets friends talking, and he nails the ways in which history and culture shaped a writer who returned the favor.” —New York Magazine

“Mind-bogglingly well-researched.”—Elle

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