A Book of Common Prayer [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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A Book of Common Prayer

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Overview

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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In this Conradian masterpiece of American innocence and evil set in the fictional Central American country of Boca Grande, two American women face the harsh realities, political and personal, of living on the edge in a land with an uncertain future. Writing with her signature telegraphic swiftness, the author creates a terrifying commentary on an age of conscienceless authority.

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Joyce Carol Oates
An articulate witness to the most stubborn and intractable truths of our time, a memorable voice.
The New York Times Book Review
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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307787590
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/23/2011
  • Series: Vintage International
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 217,579
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    Masterpiece

    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

    Posted February 19, 2011

    Misled by Title

    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.

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