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When Joan Didion passed away in December 2021, it hit me hard. But while I was a fan of hers, I had only ever read her nonfiction. So I made a goal to correct that oversight and read Play It as It Lays in January. Since then, I’ve been recommending it to everyone I know who wants a quick but impactful read.
Widely regarded as one of the best novels about Hollywood, it’s a delicious fever dream of a book. Told in a series of short chapters mainly from the perspective of 31-year-old struggling actor Maria Wyeth, this book is a fast-paced, emotionally charged race to the finish. Typical of Didion, the language is vividly descriptive, economical, and laser precise. If you haven’t read it, what are you waiting for?