gulfnews.com – Michiko Kakutani
Joan Didion, whose works revolve around the precariousness of life, is a hard-headed survivor drawn to extremes and a woman who prizes order and control
The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion
By Tracy Daugherty, 752 pages, St Martin’s Press, $35
Loss, nostalgia for a vanished past and “the unspeakable peril of the everyday” represented by “swimming pools, high-tension wires, lye under the sink, aspirin in the medicine cabinet” — these are the themes that have animated Joan Didion’s work, since “Slouching Towards Bethlehem” established her as one of America’s most distinctive and acute literary voices almost five decades ago.