A Book of Common Prayerby Joan Didion, Oscar Liebman (Illustrator)
Writing with the telegraphic swiftness and microscopic sensitivity that have made her one of our most distinguished journalists, Joan Didion creates a shimmering novel of innocence and evil.A Book of Common Prayer is the story of two American women in the derelict Central American nation of Boca Grande. Grace Strasser-Mendana controls much of the country's wealth and knows virtually all of its secrets; Charlotte Douglas knows far too little. "Immaculate of history, innocent of politics," she has come to Boca Grande vaguely and vainly hoping to be reunited with her fugitive daughter. As imagined by Didion, her fate is at once utterly particular and fearfully emblematic of an age of conscienceless authority and unfathomable violence.
The New York Times Book Review
Meet the Author
Joan Didion was born in California and lives in New York City. She is the author of five novels and seven previous books of nonfiction.
- New York, New York
- Date of Birth:
- December 5, 1934
- Place of Birth:
- Sacramento, California
- B.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1956
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One of the finest works by one of our greatest writers. An essential text for admirers of flawless prose down to the syllabic level.
I thought this was The Book of Common Prayer ... it turns out that it is A Book of Common Prayer. Beware, this is not THE Book of Common Prayer published by the Episcopal Church, but rather a novel by a writer I do not know.