Autobiography of Us by Aria Beth Sloss
A Novel

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“Autobiography of Us” leaves Rebecca with an extraordinary, unexpected opportunity to rekindle the early friendship. And nothing about the way Ms. Sloss begins the book prefigures this ending.
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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, California
Coming 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 by Aria Beth Sloss 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.

 

About Aria Beth Sloss

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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.
 
Published February 5, 2013 by Henry Holt and Co.. 304 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction
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Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Feb 13 2013

“Autobiography of Us” leaves Rebecca with an extraordinary, unexpected opportunity to rekindle the early friendship. And nothing about the way Ms. Sloss begins the book prefigures this ending.

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