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An Excerpt of Joan Didion’s ‘Play It As It Lays’: Heart of the American Dream

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BookTrib is partnering with Early Bird Books to bring you more great content, including this article and excerpt from Joan Didion’s Play It As It Lays. Read on for more! An excerpt from the literary icon’s novel about loneliness and life’s unanswerable questions. The name Joan Didion is synonymous with a lot of things: the West Coast, a barely-there smile, a distanced but prescient prose. In fact, it’s impossible to read a line from, say, Slouching Towards Bethlehem without knowing exactly who you’re reading—and yet Didion herself has always remained something of an enigma. Though mostly known for her nonfiction, she’s the author of several screenplays and novels. Her fiction debut came in 1963 with Run, River, a book that was edited by her then-future husband,…

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