Play It As It Lays

Play It As It Lays

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 10/11/2011
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Play It As It Lays
A perfect novel
A brilliant, spare, understated depiction of an ageing actress’s plunge into depression. In so few words, Didion is able to perfectly evoke a place, a time... READ MORE
Michael at Birmingham New St


A profoundly disturbing novel that ruthlessly dissects American life in the late 1960s, from the author of The White Album and The Year of Magical Thinking. Benny called for a round of Cuba Libres and I gave him some chips to play for me and went to the ladies’ room and never came back.Somewhere out beyond Hollywood, hollowed-out actress Maria Wyeth’s life plays out in a numbing routine of perpetual freeway driving. In her early thirties, divorced from her husband, dislocated from friends, anesthetized to pain and please, Wheth is a woman who has run out of both desires and motives – the epitome of a generation made ill by too much freedom.

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780007414987
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Weight: 150g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 14 mm

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Play It As It Lays
An Incredible Book
One of my favourite books would have to be the spellbinding novel Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion. It is a rapid and mesmerising story from a literary le... READ MORE
Dottie Fennelly-Hunt
Play It As It Lays
Just an incredible book! Joan writes with such elegance and allure that it is really difficult to put down any of her books!! I loved this one so so much
Dottie Fennelly-Hunt
Play It As It Lays
raw and insightful
both stripped back and nuanced, I loved this book.
Martha Conway