- Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
- Format: Hardback | 292 pages
- Dimensions: 163mm x 236mm x 30mm | 476g
- Publication date: 5 February 2013
- ISBN 10: 0805094555
- ISBN 13: 9780805094558
- Sales rank: 758,004
A gripping debut novel about friendship, loss and love; a confession of what passed between two women who met as girls in 1960s Pasadena, CaliforniaComing of age in the patrician neighborhood of Pasadena, California during the 1960s, Rebecca Madden and her beautiful, reckless friend Alex dream of lives beyond their mothers' narrow expectations. Their struggle to define themselves against the backdrop of an American cultural revolution unites them early on, until one sweltering evening the summer before their last year of college, when a single act of betrayal changes everything. Decades later, Rebecca's haunting meditation on the past reveals the truth about that night, the years that followed, and the friendship that shaped her. "Autobiography of Us" is an achingly beautiful portrait of a decades-long bond. A rare and powerful glimpse into the lives of two women caught between repression and revolution, it casts new light on the sacrifices, struggles, victories and defeats of a generation.
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Aria Beth Sloss is a graduate of Yale University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is a recipient of fellowships from the Iowa Arts Foundation, the Yaddo Corporation, and the Vermont Studio Center, and her writing has appeared in "Glimmer Train," the "Harvard Review," and online at "The Paris Review" and "FiveChapters." She lives in New York City.
"In "Autobiography of Us", Sloss captures not only the lives of two passionate and intelligent women but that very particular moment in American history when expectations about women and families were beginning to change--I felt Alex and Rebecca's pains and pleasures as my own. A beautifully written and utterly captivating novel." -Margot Livesey, author of "The Flight of Gemma Hardy" "Some friendships are fated, not chosen. Aria Beth Sloss's gorgeous first novel deftly and richly exposes the lasting hope as well as the inevitable wounds that come from great love. Raw and vital, "Autobiography of Us" leaves us marveling at the strange, beautiful architecture of redemption." -Maggie Shipstead, author of "Seating Arrangements " "A masterly portrait of the lives of two indelible characters, one 'good' girl, one 'bad, ' Aria Beth Sloss's fiercely imagined Autobiography of Us is a wrenching, provocative story of thwarted friendship, ambition, and love. It marks a stunning debut from a bold new talent."--Kate Walbert, author of "A Short History of Women" and "Our Kind""In Aria Beth Sloss's marvelous debut novel, the passage of time brings love and pain and friendship, then reverses them all--a brilliant chronicle of women's lives in America."--Andrew Sean Greer, author of "The Story of a Marriage" and "The Confessions of Max Tivoli""A heartrending novel of two girls, the women they become, and the bond they forge that endures into the next generation. Aria Beth Sloss has written a lyrical and deeply moving love letter to the power of friendship."--Ellen Feldman, author of "Lucy" and "Next to Love"