An Unsuitable Princess

An Unsuitable Princess : A True Fantasy / A Fantastical Memoir

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#6 in our Blue Bustard Memoir Series

"Tender and heartbreakingly candid reinvention of memory." -Kate Southwood, author of Falling to Earth

ABOUT THE BOOK An Unsuitable Princess: A True Fantasy/A Fantastical Memoir tells two stories simultaneously. In the first, which takes place in Renaissance England, a mute stable girl of mysterious talents and potentially dangerous parentage finds herself punished for saving the life of the boy she loves. The second story is situated in the late 20th Century and explains the inspirations for the first story. An overly talkative, solidly spoiled, middle class girl muses on the social and economic phenomena the author observed while growing up in Hollywood during the birth of the hippie movement, the sexual revolution, women's liberation, and the growth of Renaissance England re-enactments. She does not save the boy she thinks she loves. Indeed, she may have hastened his death. Even years later, the only way she can acknowledge this failure is by spinning an elaborate fantasy that becomes the tale of a wretched orphan who turns out to be a princess. "Jane Rosenberg LaForge's An Unsuitable Princess is a daring combination of old-school storytelling and the true wit of the best of contemporary memoirists. The first of these is a fairy tale about a young woman who cannot speak, while the second tells of the author's awkward coming of age within the shadows of a disintegrating Hollywood neighborhood. But it is when these two narratives prove themselves inescapably linked that the novel takes its most affecting turn. 'Tell me the story of your life, '' the author's daughter asks, and so the author does, with both hilarious and heartbreaking repercussions. 'Finally, ' the author writes, 'I am famous.'" -Michelle Hoover, author of The Quickening "It's two, two, two tales in one. On your left, a deftly told Early Modern horsey fantasy; on your right, an aching memoir of the authorial teenage Ren Faire trauma that begat the tale. Rosenberg LaForge has crafted a quirky and compelling new class of literary mashup." -Jess Winfield, co-founder, Reduced Shakespeare Co. and author of My Name is Will: A Novel of Sex, Drugs, and Shakespeare "Rosenberg LaForge lays out her dreams and desires in this tender and heartbreakingly candid reinvention of memory. An Unsuitable Princess is an entirely original look at life, personal history, and one's original hopes." -Kate Southwood, author of Falling to Earth
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17mm | 426g
  • English
  • 1937543560
  • 9781937543563
  • 2,596,438

About Jane Rosenberg Laforge

Jane Rosenberg LaForge was born and raised in Los Angeles and has worked as a journalist in California, Maryland, and upstate New York. She is the author of four volumes of poetry, including the full-length collection, With Apologies to Mick Jagger, Other Gods, and All Women (The Aldrich Press, 2012). She has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize; a storySouth Million Writers Award; and a Best of a Net compilation. She earned her bachelor's degree at UCLA and her master's from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She lives in New York with her husband and daughter.
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24 ratings
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3 17% (4)
2 8% (2)
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