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Joan Didion

Run River

Run River

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ISBN: 9780679752509

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Run River, published in 1963, is the debut novel of American author Joan Didion. Here's a glimpse into the book:

Story and Themes:

  • Family Disintegration: The novel centers on a California family grappling with internal struggles and a looming sense of unease. The story explores themes of fractured relationships, disillusionment, and the unraveling of the American Dream.
  • Murder and Mystery: The narrative opens with a gunshot, setting the stage for a possible murder within the family. The mystery surrounding the incident adds suspense and drives the plot forward.
  • California Setting: Published in the early 60s, the novel captures a specific time and place in California history. Didion's evocative descriptions paint a picture of the state's changing landscape and its impact on the characters.

Interesting Points:

  • Authorial Perspective: Later in her career, Didion distanced herself from the novel, criticizing its nostalgic portrayal of California life. This perspective adds another layer to the reading experience.
  • Critical Reception: Despite the author's reservations, Run River garnered positive reviews for its sharp prose and Didion's signature observational style.

If you're interested in:

  • Exploring family dynamics and the complexities of relationships
  • Reading a suspenseful story set in a specific historical context
  • Discovering the early work of a renowned American writer

Then Run River might be a good choice for you.

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