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Borderlines : A Memoir

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When Caroline Kraus leaves behind her sheltered, upper-middle-class home in St. Louis for San Francisco following the death of her mother, she is searching for clarity and a fresh perspective to help her escape her mother s ghost. Instead, in a dreamlike city of beatnik bookstores and coffeehouses, she meets Jane. Bewitching and free-spirited, Jane offers Caroline the warmth, intuitive understanding, and female companionship she craves, and soon the two women are inseparable. But gradually, Caroline discovers that behind the intensity that makes the friendship so intoxicating lies a dangerous, symbiotic stranglehold. As their lives and psyches become evermore intertwined, Jane begins to reveal some disturbing qualities and pulls Caroline further into her troubled depths. And as her subtle manipulations blossom into emotional blackmail, financial ruin, alarming promiscuity, and ultimately, physical aggression, Caroline must fight to regain her sense of self, and her understanding of where Jane ends and she begins. Mesmerizing and unforgettable, "Borderlines" is an extraordinary literary debut that offers an unflinching look at the potent dynamics beneath the surface of any intimate relationship and at the darker side of friendships between women."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 124.5 x 200.7 x 22.9mm | 272.16g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Broadway Books (A Division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc)
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0767914287
  • 9780767914284
  • 999,417

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Advance Praise for "Borderlines" "A riveting memoir that reads like a thriller--complex, wryly funny, and utterly compelling, the author's experience comes vividly to life as she weaves together narratives of past and present, of profound attachment and terrifying loss. Here is a story of a life unraveling; this could be Hitchcock, but the fact that it actually happened intensifies the horror of Kraus's story, and the relief we feel at knowing she survived. "Borderlines" marks a tremendous debut from a gifted writer." --Joyce Maynard, author of "At Home in the World," "To Die For," and "The Usual Rules" "In "Borderlines," Caroline Kraus has recreated a fascinating, complicated story of desire, loyalty, and grief. It's the kind of book that captivates readers and inspires other writers. Don't waste time reading this endorsement. Open the book and get started. The writing speaks for itself." --Hope Edelman, author of "Motherless Daughters"show more

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When Caroline Kraus leaves behind her sheltered, upper-middle-class home in St. Louis for San Francisco following the death of her mother, she is searching for clarity and a fresh perspective to help her escape her mother's ghost. Instead, in a dreamlike city of beatnik bookstores and coffeehouses, she meets Jane. Bewitching and free-spirited, Jane offers Caroline the warmth, intuitive understanding, and female companionship she craves, and soon the two women are inseparable. But gradually, Caroline discovers that behind the intensity that makes the friendship so intoxicating lies a dangerous, symbiotic stranglehold. As their lives and psyches become evermore intertwined, Jane begins to reveal some disturbing qualities and pulls Caroline further into her troubled depths. And as her subtle manipulations blossom into emotional blackmail, financial ruin, alarming promiscuity, and ultimately, physical aggression, Caroline must fight to regain her sense of self, and her understanding of where Jane ends and she begins. Mesmerizing and unforgettable, "Borderlines is an extraordinary literary debut that offers an unflinching look at the potent dynamics beneath the surface of any intimate relationship--and at the darker side of friendships between women.show more

About Caroline Kraus

36-year-old CAROLINE KRAUS graduated with a bachelor s degree from William and Mary and, shortly afterward, moved to San Francisco, where she was a bookseller and author event photographer. When she returned to the east coast, she earned a Master s in screen writing and film editing at the New School and worked as a documentary film researcher. She spent summers at the Iowa Writer s Workshop, where her first fiction and non-fiction stories were born. Most recently, she was the managing editor of a berkeley-based neuroscience publication called brainconnection.com, and the Senior Arts and Science Editor for Encyclopedia Britannica in Chicago. She lives in Evanston, IL. "From the Hardcover edition.""show more

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293 ratings
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2 8% (23)
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