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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?

Get it from  Bookshop   or from your local indie bookstore via Indiebound   here.

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