Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion


Published: 1970

Genre: literary fiction

Length: 213 pages

Setting: California and Nevada, 1970s

Interest: It was a Time Top 100 book.

Summary: Maria seems to be floating through life. She married a movie director who got her into a couple of movies. Once she moved to California, she entered into a series of affairs and drugs. When her husband, Carter, forces her to get an abortion, she really becomes unhinged and stops caring about anything except getting her daughter out of the hospital (which isn’t easy when she’s sick and you’re heading towards insanity).

Final thoughts: This was a quick read, mainly because the writing consisted of short little chapters. They did a good job of reflecting Maria’s state of mind, though. As for the book itself, it was fine – nothing too exciting or annoying.

Title comes from: Maria’s father was a big gambler so it’s a gambling idiom.

Reading challenges fulfilled: None since this was a book read in a previous year.

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