A Book of Common Prayer

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Novel by Joan Didion, published in 1977.

Grace Strasser-Mendana, a 60-year-old American woman, formerly an anthropologist, is a longtime resident of the equatorial country Boca Grande, and widow of a member of its leading political family. She is fascinated by Charlotte Douglas, a 40-year-old Californian, who has turned up in Boca Grande, traveling aimlessly and alone. She recently suffered a nervous breakdown because Marin, the daughter she and her second husband Lloyd had hoped to raise as a teenager playing tennis at the local country club, instead fled underground when she was found to be a member of a radical group that had bombed a San Francisco office building and hijacked a plane. Charlotte has an affair with Grace's son Gerardo, who is planning a coup to seize the government. When the revolution breaks out Charlotte refuses to flee Boca Grande with Grace and Gerardo, and she is soon killed by a soldier for no reason.

Subjects: Literature.

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Joan Didion (b. 1934)

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