Praise

Praise for Autobiography of Us

“With surprising ease, the book plays out the friends’ complicated dynamic against a tableau of enormous changes for women, resulting in a potent story of altered expectations and thwarted dreams…A book that gains momentum with each new choice and crisis…[Autobiography of Us] blossoms in stirring and surprising ways.” –The New York Times

“[A] delicate, bittersweet story.” – USAToday.com

“A sharply imagined debut…Sloss writes with assured grace, capturing the conflicted sensibilities of a generation of women.”
- O, The Oprah Magazine

“Aria Beth Sloss should be proud of herself. Her exquisite debut novel does the extraordinary…” — Caley Anderson, Amazon Best Books of the Month

“…cleverly written and engaging from start to finish…” — Winnipeg Free Press

“I could barely tear myself away from it…pitch-perfect and tremendously satisfying.” — Bookreporter.com

“At its heart, the novel is a tragic elegy to spirited women in decades past who were forced to silence their dreams and desires, and whose lives were not what they might otherwise have been.” -Shelf Awareness

“Every female friendship has a script of its own. The one playing out in this debut novel is a gripping hybrid— Beaches crossed with Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.” – More Magazine

“Captivating, engrossing, surprising… Sloss’ debut novel sweeps across the tumultuous events of the late 1950s through the 1980s and… celebrates the terrible struggle to find one’s identity as it elegiacally rues the necessary losses.” — Kirkus

“A masterly portrait of the lives of two indelible characters, one ‘good’ girl, one ‘bad,’ Aria Beth Sloss’s fiercely imagined Autobiography of Us is a wrenching, provocative story of thwarted friendship, ambition, and love. It marks a stunning debut from a bold new talent.” — Kate Walbert, author of A Short History of Women and Our Kind

“In Aria Beth Sloss’s marvelous debut novel, the passage of time brings love and pain and friendship, then reverses them all–a brilliant chronicle of women’s lives in America.” — Andrew Sean Greer, author of The Story of a Marriage and The Confessions of Max Tivoli

“In Autobiography of Us, Sloss captures not only the lives of two passionate and intelligent women but that very particular moment in American history when expectations about women and families were beginning to change—I felt Alex and Rebecca’s pains and pleasures as my own. A beautifully written and utterly captivating novel.” — Margot Livesey, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy

“Some friendships are fated, not chosen. Aria Beth Sloss’s gorgeous first novel deftly and richly exposes the lasting hope as well as the inevitable wounds that come from great love. Raw and vital, Autobiography of Us leaves us marveling at the strange, beautiful architecture of redemption.” — Maggie Shipstead, author of Seating Arrangements

“A fiercely intelligent and captivating debut and an intimate portrait of female friendship, Autobiography of Us illuminates the challenges faced by an entire generation of American women.” — Jennifer Vanderbes, author of Easter Island and Strangers at the Feast

“A heartrending novel of two girls, the women they become, and the bond they forge that endures into the next generation. Aria Beth Sloss has written a lyrical and deeply moving love letter to the power of friendship.” — Ellen Feldman, author of Lucy and Next to Love

“A smooth first-person narrative… The story’s hopeful end is tempered with the realization that, had the central characters been born a generation later, maybe their lives would have been better.” — Publishers Weekly