Prospect Lefferts Gardens Store:
Wednesday, March 11, 7:30 PM
PLG Nonfiction Book Group discusses The Year of Magical Thinking
Led by Greenlight bookseller Heather, our nonfiction book group in Prospect Lefferts Gardens reads and discusses the most fascinating topics in nonfiction, both classic and contemporary, with seasonal themes covering a variety of genres. For March, the group discusses Joan Didion’s National Book Award-winning The Year of Magical Thinking. Several days before Christmas 2003, Didion and her husband, John Gregory Dunne, saw their only daughter, Quintana, fall ill with what seemed at first flu, then pneumonia, then complete septic shock. She was put into an induced coma and placed on life support. Days later—the night before New Year’s Eve—they were just sitting down to dinner after visiting the hospital when Dunne suffered a massive and fatal coronary. In a second, this close, symbiotic partnership of forty years was over. Four weeks later, their daughter pulled through. Two months after that, arriving at LAX, she collapsed and underwent six hours of brain surgery at UCLA Medical Center to relieve a massive hematoma. In this stunning book of electric honesty and passion, Didion crafts a portrait of a marriage—and a life, in good times and bad—that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child.
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