A BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER. A Novel. Joan Didion.


New York: Simon and Schuster, (1977). First edition. Hardcover. Signed by Didion on the front red endpaper. The novel is narrated by Grace Strasser-Mendana, an American expatriate who married into one of the three or four families that dominate Boca Grande politics, the Mendanas. Grace was trained as an anthropologist, and later took up the amateur study of biochemistry, both attempts to find clear-cut, scientific answers to the mysteries of human behavior. Both attempts fail: Grace remains uncomprehending and cut off from the people around her, and in the final line of the novel she admits, "I have not been the witness I wanted to be." A nearly fine crisp copy in a very good to near fine jacket that has lamination flaws being tiny vertical lines on the rear panel and both flaps (with two short creases to bottom of front flap). Item #14403
ISBN: 0671224913

Price: $500.00

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