Alibi Bookshop Joan Didion Book Club: “Play It As It Lays”

Alibi Bookshop Joan Didion Book Club: “Play It As It Lays”

Our April Joan Didion Book Club selection is “Play It As It Lays,” Didion’s 1970 novel. We will be meeting Wednesday, April 19th at 7pm. (NOTE: this is the 3rd Wednesday and not Thursday due to the Poetry Festival.)

“A ruthless dissection of American life in the late 1960s, Joan Didion’s Play It as It Lays captures the mood of an entire generation, the ennui of contemporary society reflected in spare prose that blisters and haunts the reader.

Set in a place beyond good and evil—literally in Hollywood, Las Vegas, and the barren wastes of the Mojave Desert, but figuratively in the landscape of an arid soul—it remains more than three decades after its original publication a profoundly disturbing novel, riveting in its exploration of a woman and a society in crisis and stunning in the still-startling intensity of its prose.”

“Simple, restrained, intelligent, well-structured, witty, irresistibly relentless, forthright in diction, and untainted by the sensational, Play It As It Lays is a book of outstanding literary quality.” —Library Journal

Books are available in the shop and and audiobook:


Date(s) - Wed, Apr 19, 2023
7:00 pm


Alibi Bookshop
624 Marin St., Vallejo


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