The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion (Hardcover)

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As a Didion devotee, I was in love with this book from its conception. When the advanced copy came, though, I hesitated. Would THE LAST LOVE SONG, the first and only Joan Didion biography, prove to be a death knoll? Would it be like some other celebrity biographies, where so much has been invented by the author that it’s hard to call it non-fiction? On the contrary, Daughtry always remembers his place: a biographer of a living person. He aims to illuminate Didion through her work, not the other way around. Delicate but thorough, THE LAST LOVE SONG is a love letter in its own right.


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In The Last Love Song, Tracy Daugherty, the critically acclaimed author of Hiding Man (a New Yorker and New York Times Notable book) and Just One Catch, and subject of the hit documentary The Center Will Not Hold on NetFlix delves deep into the life of distinguished American author and journalist Joan Didion in this, the first printed biography published about her life.

Joan Didion lived a life in the public and private eye with her late husband, writer John Gregory Dunne, whom she met while the two were working in New York City when Didion was at Vogue and Dunne was writing for Time. They became wildly successful writing partners when they moved to Los Angeles and co-wrote screenplays and adaptations together.

Didion is well-known for her literary journalistic style in both fiction and non-fiction. Some of her most-notable work includes Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Run River, and The Year of Magical Thinking, a National Book Award winner and shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize, it dealt with the grief surrounding Didion after the loss of her husband and daughter. Daugherty takes readers on a journey back through time, following a young Didion in Sacramento, through to her adult life as a writer interviewing those who know and knew her personally, while maintaining a respectful distance from the reclusive literary great.

The Last Love Song reads like fiction; lifelong fans, and readers learning about Didion for the first time will be enthralled with this impressive tribute.

About the Author

TRACY DAUGHERTY is the highly acclaimed author of published novels, short story collections, and a book of personal essays. His biographies of Donald Barthelme, Hiding Man, and Joseph Heller, Just One Catch received rave reviews. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Currently, he is Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at Oregon State University.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250010025
ISBN-10: 1250010020
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: August 25th, 2015
Pages: 752
Language: English