The Author (Joan Didion)
This person was a well-known and critically respected novelist and screenwriter who became a widow.
John Gregory Dunne
This person was a noted writer and screenwriter who died from cardiac arrest.
This person first suffered a severe case of pneumonia, then required neurosurgery.
This person was devoted to their spouse during illness.
This person was a legendary, turn-of-the-nineteenth-century expert on etiquette and manners.
These were people in the book frequently portrayed as arrogant, touchy and insensitive to patients and their families.
Friends and Family
These were people who are compassionate, supportive, and generous after a death in the family.
This person was a character in Classical Greek mythology.
Joe and Gertrude Black
These people were living examples of people who lived intellectually and spiritually adventurous lives.
The Broken Man
This section contains 177 words
(approx. 1 page at 300 words per page)