Play It As It Lays: A Novel
by Joan Didion
In the clipped and perfect prose of Joan Didion, Play It As It Lays unwinds along the topography of Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and the Mojave Desert. Sparse and powerful, it is a novel unique unto itself in narration and style. Maria Wyeth stands at the center of this work, fresh off a mental breakdown, and battered by unfulfilled dreams of becoming an actress, she spins across its pages, dallying in sex, drinking, drugs, pregnancy, and prison.