This Beautiful Life

This Beautiful Life

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"ThisBeautiful Life is a gripping, potent and blisteringly well-written story offamily, dilemma, and consequence. . . . I read this book with white-knuckledurgency, and I finished it in tears. Helen Schulman is an absolutely brilliantnovelist." --Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love
Theevents of a single night shatter one family's sense of security and identity inthis provocative and deeply affecting domestic drama from Helen Schulman, theacclaimed author of A Day at the Beach and Out of Time. In thetradition of Lionel Shriver, Sue Miller, and Laura Moriarty, Schulman crafts abrilliantly observed portrait of parenting and modern life, cunningly exploringour most deeply-held convictions and revealing the enduring strengths thatemerge in the face of crisis.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 222 pages
  • 132.08 x 198.12 x 17.78mm | 181.44g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0062024396
  • 9780062024398
  • 128,085

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With psychological acuity and cinematic pacing, Helen Schulman takes a hypercontemporary nightmare and parlays it into a wildly compelling novel about parenting, privilege, and the fragility of happiness . This Beautiful Life is moving, disturbing, and grandly incisive. --Jonathan Miles, author of Dear American Airlines"
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Back cover copy

When fifteen-year-old Jake Bergamot receives--and then forwards to a friend--a sexually explicit video that an eighth-grade admirer sent to him, the video goes viral within hours. The scandal that ensues threatens to shatter his family's sense of security and identity--and, ultimately, their happiness. This Beautiful Life is a devastating, clear-eyed portrait of modern life that will have readers debating their assumptions about family, morality, and the choices we make in the name of love.
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5,644 ratings
3.03 out of 5 stars
5 7% (388)
4 24% (1,345)
3 41% (2,338)
2 22% (1,220)
1 6% (353)
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