Friday, March 08, 2013

Autobiography of Us by Aria Beth Sloss

Autobiography of Us: A Novel

My thoughts
This is a coming of age story of two girls, Alex and Rebecca growing up in 1960s Pasadena, California. We follow their lives from childhood to college and adulthood. But one betrayed the other and could they ever get over it.

Alex and Rebecca are two different people and it is hard to imagine they would be friends after childhood and move onto their separate lives. The sixties were a turbulent time and woman had to deal with a lot. These two are no different, yet I still couldn’t connect with them or the story. I feel I missed something that others seem to have enjoyed.

Book Description
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 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.

Disclosure: I received this book for review from the publisher. I received no compensation for my thoughts.

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