A gripping debut novel
about friendship, loss, and love—a confession of what passed between two women
who met as girls
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.
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