Joan Didion lived a life in the public and private eye with her late husband, writer John Gregory Dunne, whom she met while the two were working in New York City when Didion was at Vogue and Dunne was writing for Time. They became wildly successful writing partners when they moved to Los Angeles and co-wrote screenplays and adaptations together.
Didion is well-known for her literary journalistic style in both fiction and non-fiction. Some of her most-notable work includes Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Run River, and The Year of Magical Thinking, a National Book Award winner and shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize. It dealt with the grief surrounding Didion after the loss of her husband and daughter. Daugherty takes readers on a journey back through time, following a young Didion in Sacramento through to her adult life as a writer interviewing those who know and knew her personally, while maintaining a respectful distance from the reclusive literary great.
The Last Love Song reads like fiction; lifelong fans, and readers learning about Didion for the first time will be enthralled with this impressive tribute.
"So gorgeous, this book! Such beautiful medicine for the human heart. We have lost touch with our ability to grieve well, culturally. We have lost the songs and stories, the ceremonies and rituals. In having the courage to share his own experience of the fullness of grief, Adam Byrn Tritt is helping us to remember, to return to this aspect of our humanity, and to restore these qualities which render it more fully precious and sacred."
--Murshida VA, M.Ed., Ed.S., Harvard-trained healer, Sufi teacher, mystic poet, and musician
"Grief must be a terribly difficult subject to write about, but the author bravely rises to the occasion. At once heartbreaking and yet life-affirming, this book is a masterpiece of its kind."
--Wayne McNeill, author, Songbook for Haunted Boys and Girls