You're Not Edith: Autobiographical Essays (Paperback)

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A brazenly funny, poignant memoir. 

This gutsy collection offers a brilliant reflection on life as a young lesbian and breast cancer survivor. Through discussions of madness, religion, gender and feminism, Allison Gruber captivates with heartbreaking candor and wit. From her teenage Dian Fossey to her Virginia Woolf of Drama Club, the author invites us into a world of brash, bookish hilarity, as she navigates an unusual life, interrupted. In You’re Not Edith, Gruber asks herself how best to live and finds answers big enough for all of us.

About the Author

Allison Gruber’s prose has appeared in a number of literary journals, and in the anthology Windy City Queer: Dispatches from the Third Coast. She has been a poet-in-residence with The Poetry Center of Chicago. She holds an MFA in Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She currently resides with her wife, Sarah, in Flagstaff, AZ.

Praise For…

These stories are especially moving for their simplicity and for Gruber's honest, straightforward manner of storytelling. The result is a slim but powerful book.
— Publishers Weekly

In-your-face funny and heartbreakingly sad….Gruber's essays add up to a kaleidoscopically engaging read.
— Booklist

The attention to these small moments, small eccentricities and oddities, makes the whole book a delight, with new surprises and insights from page to page….Through Allison Gruber’s ten delightful essays, we get to know her and a wide cast of friends and family well because she takes the time to give us her thoughts, her stories, her private moments, making it a book well worth the read.


— New Pages
Product Details
ISBN: 9780807600054
ISBN-10: 0807600059
Publisher: George Braziller Inc.
Publication Date: March 1st, 2015
Pages: 160
Language: English