Autobiography of Us

Autobiography of Us

A Novel

Book - 2013 | 1st ed
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In the patrician neighborhood of Pasadena, California, appearance is everything--the gardens are pristine, the wide avenues sun drenched and tree lined, the community stuck stubbornly in the past. But when the beautiful, outspoken Alex Carrington walks into Rebecca Madden's homeroom in 1958, a powerful friendship begins to shift the course of both girls' lives. Together, they dream of escaping the confines of their world and discovering a life beyond their mothers' narrow expectations. In each other's company, a new vision of the future takes root. Summer 1965. The Vietnam War. Civil rights. Women's liberation. Even Pasadena has begun to feel the effects of the revolution sweeping the country. At college, the girls' relationship undergoes a similar strain: Alex, determined to build a career as an actress, veers into dangerous territory, while studious Rebecca retreats to her textbooks and the solace of a secret all her own> And then one sweltering summer evening, a single act of betrayal claims the two things that mean the most to Rebecca: Alex's friendship and her own grand plans. Years later--after marrying and moving across the country--Rebecca is unable to shake the memory of her old friend. When a chance encounter brings the two women together again, it becomes clear just how intricately their lives are entwined.
Rebecca 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, until one sweltering summer evening, when a single act of betrayal changes everything.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805094558
0805094555
Branch Call Number: x
Characteristics: 292 pages ; 25 cm

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JCLHunterSt Aug 01, 2013

I enjoyed this book, although I did have some issues with the so-called friendship between the two main women. It didn't seem quite plausible to me, but then again, it's this same conflict that helps drive the book. It's a good lesson to learn what happens to women when they are deprived of choices and the opportunities to make their dreams come true.

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Jul 24, 2013

It wasn't a bad read, but not as engaging as I had hoped.

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JCLHunterSt Aug 01, 2013

Even now, I could no more chart her influence than I could the gravitational powers that rule the tides. I suppose that could be said of anyone we love, that their effects on our lives run so deeply, with such grave force, we hardly know what they mean until they are gone.

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