Collection of essays by Joan Didion, published in 1968. The title derives from a poem by Yeats that includes the line “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold.” The pieces, reprinted from journals, fall into three groups: “Life Styles in the Golden Land,” on California; “Personals,” about herself; and “Seven Places of the Mind,” about places significant in her experiences.
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Joan Didion (b. 1934)