In the second place this American woman was eating, very slowly and methodically, first a bite of one and then a bite of the other, a chocolate parfait and bacon. The chocolate parfait and bacon had definitely bothered him.
-- The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion. I want to read more of Didion's books because I think her novel, Play it As it Lays, is a knockout. Her memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking, is also excellent. I consider both to be contemporary classics.
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