Autobiography of Us

Autobiography of Us


By (author) Aria Beth Sloss

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  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
  • Format: Hardback | 292 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 241mm x 27mm | 481g
  • Publication date: 5 February 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0805094555
  • ISBN 13: 9780805094558
  • Sales rank: 730,717

Product description

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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Author information

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.

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"With surprising ease, the book plays out the friends' complicated dynamic against a tableau of enormous changes for women, resulting in a potent story of altered expectations and thwarted dreams...A book that gains momentum with each new choice and crisis...["Autobiography of Us"] blossoms in stirring and surprising ways." "-The New York Times" "Spanning three decades, this engaging novel explores the loves, losses and shifting friendship of two privileged Southern California girls.""-- People Magazine" "Aria Beth Sloss's powerful novel flashes back to the '60s, when young women's choices seemed limited and female friendships were fragile life-lines. You'll find this story both moving and engrossing.""-- Parade" "[A] delicate, bittersweet story." "-" "Every female friendship has a script of its own. The one playing out in this debut novel is a gripping hybrid--"Beaches" crossed with "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf."" -- "More Magazine " "[A] sharply imagined debut...Sloss writes with assured grace, capturing the conflicted sensibilities of a generation of women." --"O, The Oprah Magazine " "A fiercely intelligent and captivating debut and an intimate portrait of female friendship, "Autobiography of Us" illuminates the challenges faced by an entire generation of American women." -Jennifer Vanderbes, author of "Easter Island" and "Strangers at the Feast " "A smooth first-person narrative...The story's hopeful end is tempered with the realization that, had the central characters been born a generation later, maybe their lives would have been better." "- PublishersWeekly""Captivating, engrossing, surprising... Sloss' debut novel sweeps across the tumultuous events of the late 1950s through the 1980s and... celebrates the terrible struggle to find one's identity as it elegiacally rues the necessary losses." "-- Kirkus ""At its heart, the novel is a tragic elegy to spirited women in decades past wh