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Joan Didion Re-Enters Her Life

Joan Didion Re-Enters Her Life

Distinguished American writer Joan Didion has always seemed delicate, but now she looks frail. Her shoulders are thin and stooped as she speaks haltingly about the loss of her daughter a few weeks ago, as she was still grappling with the sudden death of her husband on Dec. 30, 2003. Her weight has dropped below 80 pounds, and her pants and pullover hang loosely from a 5-foot-1 frame that now seems perilously thin. She seems dwarfed by a living room filled with art and mementos.

As she notes at the beginning of her new memoir, "The Year of Magical Thinking," which goes on sale today, "Life changes fast." The book is , about the year following the death of her...

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