Autobiography of Us

Autobiography of Us

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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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Product details

  • Hardback | 292 pages
  • 162.56 x 236.22 x 30.48mm | 476.27g
  • Henry Holt & Company
  • United States
  • English
  • 0805094555
  • 9780805094558
  • 1,011,759

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"[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
""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"t
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About Aria Beth Sloss

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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2,080 ratings
3.07 out of 5 stars
5 9% (187)
4 23% (475)
3 40% (841)
2 22% (461)
1 6% (116)
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