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Play It As It Lays

Joan Didion 214 Pages | 2013

“There hasn't been another American writer of Joan Didion's quality since Nathanael West.” —John Leonard, The New York Times. A marvel of compression written in spare, expertly honed prose, Play It As It Lays tells the story of... More

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John Leonard for The New York Times

There hasn't been another American writer of Joan Didion's quality since Nathanael West. She writes with a razor, carving her characters out of her perceptions with strokes so swift and economical that each scene ends almost before the reader is... More

Lore Segal for The New York Times Book Review

It was interesting to wonder what sort of fiction Miss Didion's beautiful writerly skills would now make of her clear-eyed and anguished perception of our time... The setting is Movieville, Cal. We have met the burnt-out cases that inhabit it in... More

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