|Subject:||BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General|
|BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary|
|BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs|
|HUMOR / General|
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Size:||7.87in x 6.19in x 0.90in|
|From The Publisher*||One of theNew York Times' 20 Books to Read in 2020|
"Unforgettable...Behind her brilliantly witty and uplifting message is a remarkable vulnerability and candor that reminds us that we are not alone in our struggles-and that we can, against all odds, get through them." -Lori Gottlieb,New York Times-bestselling author ofMaybe You Should Talk to Someone
Part memoir and part joyful romp through the fields of imagination, the story behind a beloved pseudonymous Twitter account reveals how a writer deep in grief rebuilt a life worth living.
Becoming Duchess Goldblatt is two stories: that of the reclusive real-life writer who created a fictional character out of loneliness and thin air, and that of the magical Duchess Goldblatt herself, a bright light in the darkness of social media. Fans around the world are drawn to Her Grace's voice, her wit, her life-affirming love for all humanity, and the fun and friendship of the community that's sprung up around her.
@DuchessGoldblat (81 year-old literary icon, author ofAn Axe to Grind) brought people together in her name: in bookstores, museums, concerts, and coffee shops, and along the way, brought real friends home-foremost among them, Lyle Lovett.
"The only way to be reliably sure that the hero gets the girl at the end of the story is to be both the hero and the girl yourself." - Duchess Goldblatt
|From The Publisher*||Part memoir and part joyful romp through the fields of imagination, the story behind a beloved pseudonymous Twitter personality reveals how a writer deep in grief rebuilt a life worth living.|
|Review Quote*||Praise forBecoming Duchess Goldblatt|
Named one of theNew York Times' "20 Books We're Watching For in 2020"
Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2020byReal Simple
"A fascinating memoir by a 21st-century original."-Kirkus, STARRED review
"A surprising, joyful story of social media at its best."-Booklist
"After reading this unforgettable memoir, I figured out who Duchess Goldblatt is: all of us. Behind her brilliantly witty and uplifting message is a remarkable vulnerability and candor that reminds us that we are not alone in our struggles-and that we can, against all odds, get through them. As though casting a magic spell on her readers, she moves, inspires, and connects us through her unvarnished humanity. It was, for this therapist, a form of therapy I didn't know I needed."
-Lori Gottlieb,New York Times-bestselling author ofMaybe You Should Talk to Someone
"This book is, like Duchess Goldblatt herself, nothing you expect and everything you need. It's a memoir not just of one life (failures and triumphs laid bare) but also of a second self-its creation, its evolution, its improbable splendor. We may never deserve Duchess Goldblatt and her magnanimity, but her inventor most certainly does."
-Rebecca Makkai,author of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalistThe Great Believers
"What an unexpected marvel of a book, funny and poignant and-dare I say-sweet. It's fashionable to bash social media, but without it, we wouldn't have Duchess and that would be a damn shame."-Laura Lippman,New York Times-bestselling author ofLady in the Lake andSunburn
"The question I am most often asked by readers out in the world, is, ‘Who is Duchess Goldblatt?' The correct answer is, ‘She is the Universe's secret admirer, a made-up & hilarious octogenarian who lives on Twitter, who delivers love and demands it in equal, astonishing measure.' What they mean is: what's her real identity? This book does not precisely reveal that. Instead it's the actual memoir of a fictional person, a meditation on what it means to start again in the oddest way possible. It is also heartbreaking, funny, gorgeously written, surprising, brilliant, profound, the book only Duchess Goldblatt herself could have written."
-Elizabeth McCracken,bestselling author ofBowlaway andThe Giant's House
"A memoir that is, ironically, about the power a fiction can exert on us all, she tells us a story about late Capitalism, social media, the financial crisis, and America, and being a woman trying to survive it all. Whatever someone expects this to be, it isn't, and that is, perhaps, the real secret to the Duchess underneath it all."
-Alexander Chee, bestselling author ofThe Queen of the Night andHow to Write an Autobiographical Novel
"Becoming Duchess Goldblatt is a story about the importance of community-of kindness, acceptance, and friendship. The world would be a better place if we all became Duchess Goldblatt."-Lyle Lovett
"Surely you follow Duchess Goldblatt on Twitter? If not, do yourself a favor and hit that button to subscribe to her delightful musings. InBecoming Duchess Goldblatt, the Duchess' real-life anonymous creator writes about crafting one of Twitter's (if not the Internet's) best accounts and healing herself in the process."
|Biographical Note||DUCHESS GOLDBLATT, 81, is the inspirational author ofAn Axe to Grind;Feasting on the Carcasses of My Enemies: A Love Story; and the heartwarming meditation on mothers and daughtersNot If I Kill You First. A cultural icon, trophy ex-wife, friend to all humanity, and sponsor of the prestigious Goldblatt Prize in Fiction, she lives in Crooked Path, NY. She's fictional but her love is real.|
ANONYMOUS, the real-life person in whose mind Duchess Goldblatt lives and flourishes, has gathered all available truth and beauty for these pages. There's nothing else to give.