Play It As It Lays
Play It As It Lays
A Novel
Introduction by David Thomson


A ruthless dissection of American life in the late 1960s, 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.

Title Play It As It Lays
Subtitle A Novel
Author Joan Didion
Introduction by David Thomson
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Dewey Classification 814.54
Title First Published 15 November 2005
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 240 p.
ISBN-10 0374529949
ISBN-13 9780374529949
Publication Date 15 November 2005
Main content page count 240
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $15.00