Angela DiPace Fritz reviews the book by Michelle Carbone Loris, Innocence, Loss and Recovery in the Art of Joan Didion. American University Studies, Series IV, English Language and Literature, Vol. 74. New York: Peter Lang, 1989.

In Innocence, Loss and Recovery in the Art of Joan Didion, Loris succeeds by redirecting the reader to Didion's writing. In rereading Didion, the reader discovers that there is "something to behold" in her narratives. Loris, moreover, succeeds, not only because she does not deviate from her premise, but also because she reconstructs a viable paradigm for Didion's morality, tracing the centrality of the "wagon-train morality" to its biblical roots and juxtaposing the history of its continuity and discontinuity, to fiction and nonfiction, stories of individuals, nations, or international communities, thus demonstrating that Didion's narratives are, indeed, parables for our time.



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