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Read an Exclusive Excerpt From Joan Didion's Blue Nights

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In Blue Nights, Joan Didion has created a work of stunning power and frankness. Richly textured with memories from her own childhood and married life with her husband and daughter, Blue Nights is an intensely personal and moving account of her thoughts, fears, and doubts regarding having children, illness and growing old.

In this exclusive, extended excerpt from the book, Didion grapples with candid questions about motherhood as she reflects on her daughter’s life and her role as a parent.