Everything you need to understand or teach Play It as It Lays by Joan Didion.
Maria Wyeth grew up in the Las Vegas desert with a gambling father and mother. She didn't know what she would end up doing in life, but she knew she wasn't going to live in the desert forever.
She eventually ends up in Beverly Hills, married to a filmmaker, Carter. Maria stars in his first two films as the lead actress and so begins their Hollywood life. They have a daughter, Kate, who is in a mental institution. They rarely get a chance to visit her, and when they do, the visits are dramatic and emotional.
This life is a gamble, just as Maria's father said it would be: the parties and fame and fortune and drugs and alcohol eventually drive a wedge between Maria and Carter.
Carter's first two films, the ones that Maria acted in, have made him a huge success and a much sought-after film...
Play It as It Lays Lesson Plans contain 136 pages of teaching material, including: