The Last Thing He Wanted

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The Last Thing He Wanted
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First edition
AuthorJoan Didion
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
PublisherAlfred A. Knopf
Publication date
1996
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
Pages227
ISBN0-679-43331-7
OCLC255857884

The Last Thing He Wanted is a novel by Joan Didion. It was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1996.

The story centers around Elena McMahon, a reporter for the Washington Post who quits her job covering the 1984 Presidential primaries to care for her father after her mother's death. In an unusual turn of events, she inherits his position as an arms dealer for the U.S. Government in Central America. In this sparsely written, quick paced narrative, Elena struggles to cope with the spies, American military personnel, and the consequences of her father's errors that are waiting for her on a small island off the coast of Costa Rica.

Major characters[edit]

  • Elena McMahon:
A reporter for the Washington Post who walks off her job covering the 1984 presidential campaign and into international conspiracy.
  • Treat Morrison:
A high-level government official who, in the process of investigating a glitch in Elena's documentation, becomes romantically involved with her.
  • Richard McMahon:
Elena McMahon's father who "does deals," organizing shipments of arms to Central American countries.

Film adaptation[edit]

In September 2017, it was announced Dee Rees would direct an adaptation of the film, from a screenplay by Rees and Marco Villalobos.[1] Anne Hathaway, Willem Dafoe, and Ben Affleck will star in the film, with Netflix distributing.[2][3][4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Seetoodeh, Ramin (September 27, 2017). "Dee Rees to Direct Movie Adaptation of Joan Didion Novel 'The Last Thing He Wanted'". Variety. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  2. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (February 18, 2018). "Anne Hathaway To Star In Dee Rees' 'The Last Thing He Wanted' – Berlin". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  3. ^ Kroll, Justin (June 1, 2018). "Willem Dafoe Joins Anne Hathaway in Dee Rees' 'The Last Thing He Wanted' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  4. ^ Kit, Borys (May 24, 2018). "Netflix Reteams With 'Mudbound' Filmmaker Dee Rees for 'The Last Thing He Wanted' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  5. ^ Galuppo, Mia (2018-07-10). "Ben Affleck Joins Anne Hathaway in Dee Rees' 'The Last Thing He Wanted'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-07-12.