PLAY IT AS IT LAYS by Joan Didion

PLAY IT AS IT LAYS

A Novel
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KIRKUS REVIEW

"If you can't deal with the morning, get out of the game." Maria Wyeth can't deal with the mornings or the long, disintegrating nights--she's been married to and divorced by Carter; she has a hopelessly damaged four-year-old and the insistent, regretful memory of an abortion; she's made a film or two; and she drifts from Hollywood to New York to Las Vegas and from bars to motels.In fact she's the kind of girl whom one of her looser contacts will call up and say "Did I catch you in the middle of an overdose" and this is the kind of scene which is "beaucoup fantastic." You may remember Run River (1963) which was about another scuffed spirit like Maria whose dissolution was as complete. But even though you have every reason to suspect that this is an ephemeral form of survival kit-sch under its sophisticated maquillage, you won't be impervious.
Pub Date: July 13th, 1970
ISBN: 0374529949
Page count: 244pp
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 1970




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