1. Magical thinking both helps
Didion cope with her grief and prevents her from engaging with it
directly. Select and analyze several instances of magical thinking,
and analyze how they affect Didion’s grieving process.
2. How does Didion’s understanding
of magical thinking evolve over the course of her book?
3. How does the vortex effect
affect Didion’s recovery process? What role does memory play in
4. After John’s death, Didion
comes to understand the degree to which her identity was shaped
by her relationship with John. How does John’s death force Didion
to re-evaluate her identity?