Blazingly intelligent, wickedly funny, and piercingly honest, a memoir that captures the perils and pleasures of girlhood, womanhood, and life itself.
“One of my favorite books of the last few years.” —Cheryl Strayed
“Sentence for sentence, a more pleasure-yielding midlife memoir is hard to think of.” —The Atlantic
At mid-life, Claire Dederer developed a sudden yearning for jailbreak. In this exuberant memoir, she reflects on two periods in her life uncannily similar in their emotional intensity: her present experience as a middle-aged mom in the grip of unruly and mysterious new hungers, and her recollections of herself as a teenager.
Claire reveals the confusing narrative that many women share yet are afraid to talk about, out of fear of condemnation. Instead, it lingers and festers and brings periods of self-loathing and is probably the source of many of the illnesses that are epidemic among women today. Thank you, Claire, for being vulnerable and giving us a voice! I have to believe that our girls are benefitting from our history.