Play It As It Lays


A ruthless dissection of American life in the late 1960s, Play It as It Lays captures the mood of an entire generation, the ennui of contemporary society reflected in spare prose that blisters and haunts the reader.

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Play It As It Laysย is a masterful extrapolation of an archetypal absurdist heroine’s grapplings with the decadence of 60s Hollywood and her isolation among the superficial trappings of the era’s drugs, sex, and glamour. Exploring the existential, despondent apathy of a woman trapped by circumstance between her loveless marriage and her declining career as an actress, Didion reveals a vast emptiness not usually characterized by the charismatic American 60s and all too reminiscent of our contemporary realism.” – Justine

As if in a trance Maria watched the woman, for it seemed to her then that she was watching the dead still center of the world, the quintessential intersection of nothing.

Play It As It Lays
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