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Play it as it lays: a novel

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A "scathing novel" of one woman's path of self-destruction in 1960s Hollywood—by the New York Times–bestselling author of The White Album (The Washington Post Book World).
Spare, elegant, and terrifying, Play It as It Lays is the unforgettable story of a woman and a society come undone.

Raised in the ghost town of Silver Wells, Nevada, Maria Wyeth is an ex-model and the star of two films directed by her estranged husband, Carter Lang. But in the spiritual desert of 1960s Los Angeles, Maria has lost the plot of her own life. Her daughter, Kate, was born with an "aberrant chemical in her brain." Her long-troubled marriage has slipped beyond repair, and her disastrous love affairs and strained friendships provide little comfort. Her only escape is to get in her car and drive the freeway—in the fast lane with the radio turned up high—until it runs out "somewhere no place at all where the flawless burning concrete just stopped." But every ride to nowhere, every sleepless night numbed by pills and booze and sex, makes it harder for Maria to find the meaning in another day.

Told with profound economy of style and a "vision as bleak and precise as Eliot's in 'The Wasteland'," Play It as It Lays ruthlessly dissects the dark heart of the American dream (The New York Times). It is a searing masterpiece "from one of the very few writers of our time who approaches her terrible subject with absolute seriousness, with fear and humility and awe" (Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Times Book Review).

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Spare, elegant, and terrifying, Play It as It Lays is the unforgettable story of a woman and a society come undone.

Raised in the ghost town of Silver Wells, Nevada, Maria Wyeth is an ex-model and the star of two films directed by her estranged husband, Carter Lang. But in the spiritual desert of 1960s Los Angeles, Maria has lost the plot of her own life. Her daughter, Kate, was born with an "aberrant chemical in her brain." Her long-troubled marriage has slipped beyond repair, and her disastrous love affairs and strained friendships provide little comfort. Her only escape is to get in her car and drive the freeway—in the fast lane with the radio turned up high—until it runs out "somewhere no place at all where the flawless burning concrete just stopped." But every ride to nowhere, every sleepless night numbed by pills and booze and sex, makes it harder for Maria to find the meaning in another day.

Told with profound economy of style and a "vision as bleak and precise as Eliot's in 'The Wasteland'," Play It as It Lays ruthlessly dissects the dark heart of the American dream (The New York Times). It is a searing masterpiece "from one of the very few writers of our time who approaches her terrible subject with absolute seriousness, with fear and humility and awe" (Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Times Book Review).

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subject_facetAbortion -- Fiction
Electronic books
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Fiction
Las Vegas (Nev.) -- Fiction
Mojave Desert -- Fiction
Motion picture actors and actresses -- California -- Los Angeles -- Fiction
Motion picture industry -- California -- Los Angeles -- Fiction
Motion picture industry -- Fiction
Psychologically abused women -- Fiction
Sacramento area authors
Selflessness (Psychology) -- Fiction
Special collections -- Sacramento Public Library
Wife abuse -- Fiction
Women -- California -- Los Angeles -- Fiction
title_displayPlay it as it lays : a novel
title_fullPlay It as It Lays A Novel
Play it as it lays : a novel / Joan Didion
Play it as it lays : a novel Didion, Joan.
Play it as it lays [electronic resource] Didion, Joan,
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Psychologically abused women
Sacramento Public Library
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Wife abuse
Women