By Joan Didion
From one among our strongest writers, a piece of lovely frankness approximately wasting a daughter. Richly textured with bits of her personal early life and married lifestyles along with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and daughter, Quintana Roo, this new ebook through Joan Didion examines her options, fears, and doubts concerning having youngsters, ailment, and starting to be old.
Blue Nights opens on July 26, 2010, as Didion thinks again to Quintana’s marriage ceremony in long island seven years prior to. this day will be her marriage ceremony anniversary. This truth triggers vibrant snapshots of Quintana’s childhood—in Malibu, in Brentwood, in class in Holmby Hills. Reflecting on her daughter but additionally on her position as a mother or father, Didion asks the candid questions any mum or dad may approximately how she feels she failed both simply because cues weren't taken or even displaced. “How may i've got overlooked what used to be basically there to be seen?” eventually, might be all of us stay unknown to one another. Seamlessly woven in are incidents Didion sees as underscoring her personal age, anything she unearths demanding to recognize, less accept.
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It’s just a feeling. On a cycle you trust them and we stay at fifty-five. The first rain begins now but up ahead I see the lights of a town…I knew it would be there. When we arrive John and Sylvia are there under the first tree by the road, waiting for us. ” “Well, we know that. ” “No. ” John says there is a motel at the other end of town, but I tell him there’s a better one if you turn right, at a row of cottonwoods a few blocks down. We turn at the cottonwoods and travel a few blocks, and a small motel appears.
That’s technology. And sure, of course, obviously. It’s so simple when you see it. To get away from technology out into the country in the fresh air and sunshine is why they are on the motorcycle in the first place. For me to bring it back to them just at the point and place where they think they have finally escaped it just frosts both of 23 them, tremendously. That’s why the conversation always breaks and freezes when the subject comes up. Other things fit in too. ” Sylvia once said defensively, “Well, you know how to cope with it,” which puffed me up so much at the time I was embarrassed to ask what “it” was and so remained somewhat puzzled.
Helmet and sunshade. Bubble. This gives me claustrophobia, so I use it only in the rain, which otherwise at high speed stings your face like needles. Goggles. I don’t like windshields because they also close you in. These are some British laminated plate-glass goggles that work fine. The wind gets behind sunglasses. Plastic goggles get scratched up and distort vision. The next list is Personal Stuff: Combs. Billfold. Pocketknife. Memoranda booklet. Pen. Cigarettes and matches. Flashlight. Soap and plastic soap container.
Blue Nights by Joan Didion