Blue Nights, by Joan Didion, is a memoir about the author’s grieving process following the death of her daughter at the age of 39.
The book, which is a little more challenging to read than some of the author’s other work, is repetitive, non-linear, and often disturbingly detached from reality. The book’s form mirrors the authors’ absolute inability to process the grief of losing her daughter and husband within a year and a half of each other and her struggles with the mother-daughter relationship, the process of aging, and adoption.
Like Maya Angelou, Didion is most famous for her autobiographical work. The Year of Magical Thinking won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005.