From the book jacket: Several days before Christmas 2003, John Gregory
Dunne and Joan Didion saw their only daughter, Quintana, fall ill with what
seemed at first flu, then pneumonia, then complete septic shock. She was put
into an induced coma and placed on life support. Days later the night before
New Year's Eve the Dunnes were just sitting down to dinner after visiting the
hospital when John Gregory Dunne suffered a massive and fatal coronary. In a
second, this close, symbiotic partnership of forty years was over. Four weeks
later, their daughter pulled through. Two months after that, arriving at LAX,
she collapsed and underwent six hours of brain surgery at UCLA Medical Center to
relieve a massive hematoma.
This powerful book is Didion's attempt to make sense of the "weeks and then months that cut loose any fixed idea I ever had about death, ...
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