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[on the death of her adopted daughter] I didn't take seriously how troubled she was. She was troubled from very early, certainly from the time she was five or six. If you come home and your child tells you that she's called a mental institution - that should have triggered something other than amusement on my part.
Didion's best-selling memoir "The Year of Magical Thinking" (2006) was later adapted for stage with Vanessa Redgrave
portraying the author.