“We all remember what we need to remember”: First Edition of Joan Didion's A Book of Common Prayer; Inscribed by Her in the Year of Publication
A Book of Common Prayer.
Item Number: 81288
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1977.
First edition of Didion’s fourth book. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed by Joan Didion in the year of publication on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Janet Halverson.
Writing with the telegraphic swiftness and microscopic sensitivity that have made her one of our most distinguished journalists, Joan Didion creates a shimmering novel of innocence and evil. A Book of Common Prayer is the story of two American women in the derelict Central American nation of Boca Grande. Grace Strasser-Mendana controls much of the country's wealth and knows virtually all of its secrets; Charlotte Douglas knows far too little. "Immaculate of history, innocent of politics," she has come to Boca Grande vaguely and vainly hoping to be reunited with her fugitive daughter. As imagined by Didion, her fate is at once utterly particular and fearfully emblematic of an age of conscienceless authority and unfathomable violence. "An articulate witness to the most stubborn and intractable truths of our time, a memorable voice" (Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Times Book Review).