A Book of Common Prayer

A Book of Common Prayer

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by Joan Didion
     
 

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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

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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.


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Joyce Carol Oates
An articulate witness to the most stubborn and intractable truths of our time, a memorable voice.
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An articulate witness to the most stubborn and intractable truths of our time, a memorable voice."—Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Times Book Review"A novelist with important things to say about the dislocations of our time.... Joan Didion is stellar."—Newsday

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307787590
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/23/2011
Series:
Vintage International
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
193,665
File size:
2 MB

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.


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Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
December 5, 1934
Place of Birth:
Sacramento, California
Education:
B.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1956

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Book of Common Prayer 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the finest works by one of our greatest writers. An essential text for admirers of flawless prose down to the syllabic level.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.