July 1, 1995
July 1, 1995
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.
Charlotte Douglas, an American women, travels to Boca Grande, a fictional Central American country, hoping to find her estranged daughter Marin, a radical on the run. In Boca Grande, with its volatile political scene, both women are exposed to the upheavals and violence that they had hoped to escape in their personal lives. The story is narrated by a third character, Grace Strasser-Mendana, a wealthy local woman who is well aware that the country is a powder keg waiting to explode, and who tries to make the woefully innocent Charlotte understand the danger she is in. Joan Didion's examination of innocence and evil is written in her trademark lean style, and evokes the world Didion has made her own, in which moral values are furtive and shifting, and the only reality is chaos.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Subgenre: Settings, Politics, Family + Friendship, Conflicts + Dualities, Medicine + Health, Literary
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Author: Joan Didion
- Online Item #: 11453652
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-02-7640
- ISBN: 9780679754862
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported