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Cruel Beautiful World: A Novel by [Caroline Leavitt]

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"Backdropped by the Vietnam War and the Manson murders, cruel BeautifulWorld is a fast-moving page-turner about the naiveté of youth and themalignity of power. Leavitt explores with a keen eye the intersection of love, family, and the anxiety of an era." 
-- Lily King, author of Euphoria

Leavitt's most accomplished book yet, Cruel Beautiful World, is a seamless triumph of storytelling." 
--Gail Godwin, author of Flora

"With Cruel, Beautiful World, Caroline Leavitt has done the seemingly impossible: she's written a gorgeous, seductive novel that is also terrifying and pulse-pounding. This is the kind of coming-of-age novel for which readers yearn: we witness the emotional and spiritual evolution a sixteen-year-old girl while American society, in the early 1970s, seems to devolve all around her. Like the era it represents, Cruel, Beautiful World is at times hopeful and nihilistic, beautiful and savage, mesmerizing and dangerous." 
--Wiley Cash, New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy
 
"Breathtaking. . . Leavitt has spun a masterful web of seduction and loyalty, infatuation and love. . . It is hard to read this novel and not think of Lolita and of Dan Chaon's psychological thriller, Await Your Reply. . . poignant and complex.  "
--Mary Morris, author of The Jazz Palace 
 
"A stunning novel about life, real life, the sort in which mistakes can bring unfair consequences and family loyalty is a source of tremendous grace. Leavitt is a magician at creating unforgettable characters, and the two sisters at the heart of this tale will stay with me in all their complicated humanity. A brave book, and a powerfully moving one."
--Robin Black, author of Life Drawing
 
"BookBrowse members who've been reading this for First Impressions love, love, love this book. Expect her to reach "overnight sensation" withCruel Beautiful World."
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"Riveting tale that will raise your own heartbeat, too." Steph Opitz, Marie Claire

"A mesmerizing story about love, family, and obsession."
Pop Sugar, one of 23 books you must read this Fall, Brenda Janowitz

"Cruel Beautiful World hits the sweet-spot between popular and literaryfiction with finely honed writing, complexity of character motives, andenough guilt and secrecy to sustain the page-turning suspense." CarolBrill, New York Journal of Books

"Deeply resonant and quietlypowerful, Cruel Beautiful World has the heart-pounding moments of athriller and the heart-warming moments of a perfect coming-of-agestory." --Jaclyn Fulwood, blogger at Infinite Reads
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"In very definite clear ways, Cruel Beautiful World is Nabokov rewritingTheodore Dreiser with a screenplay by Igmar Bergman."  Hubert O'Hearn,By the Book Reviews

This haunting examination of the duty we have to family--and the irreparable consequences we abandon it." Working Mother

"Caroline's signature style ..pulls apart everyday lives and finds the deeperstories in them by getting into her characters' hearts and heads."
Bookreporter, Carol Fitzgerald
"Nuanced and engrossing." People Magazine

"A seductive page-turner that ripples with an undercurrent of suspense and is fueled by the foibles of the human heart."
Karen Campbell, The Boston Globe

"A moving novel about three women connected by fate and a spate of tragic deaths. Leavitt expertly draws us into the lives of her stormy characters  and deftly narrates their coming of age in a world in which women's roles are changing. As Emma Cline did in "The Girls", Leavitt draws on the mystifying mindset of the girls who blindly followed Manson. She conveys a clear-eyed understanding of Lucy's subjugation to William and his ability to control her. And she perfectly executes Lucy's Lolita-like story, injecting it with a kind of claustrophobic atmosphere reminiscent of Emma Donoghue's "Room."  Carol Memmott, The Washington Post

From the Author

I'm the New York Times Bestselling and USA Today bestselling author of Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You, and the award-winning author of eight other novels. Pictures of You was a Costco "Pennie's Pick," a San Francisco Chronicle Lit Pick, and it was also on many Best of 2011 lists, including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Providence Journal, Bookmarks Magazine, and Kirkus Reviews, which also put the novel on their Top Five Novels about Family and Love list. My 10th novel IS THIS TOMORROW, about a missing child in a 1950s suburb, was an Indie Pick, A Jewish Book Club pick, a Best Book of the Year from January Magazine, and also a New York Times bestseller and long-listed for the Maine Readers Prize. CRUEL BEAUTIFUL WORLD, set in the times when the sixties veered dangerously into the 70s is out October 4, 2016 from Algonquin Books. I've been writing since I was in grade school (I was the one who made up books and then wrote book reports for them.) I always knew I wanted to be a writer, though being a screenwriter came in a close second. I live for books and the movies and I teach writing at UCLA and Stanford online, have private clients, and I'm a book critic for People, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Boston Globe. I'm deliriously happily married to the writer Jeff Tamarkin (his book, Got A Revolution: The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane, was one of the top music books of the year, and ShellShocked) and we have a teenaged actor son.

Please follow me on twitter at @leavittnovelist and on Facebook at
facebook.com/carolineleavitt
My website is carolineleavitt.com

Thank you!

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01B3VMC3W
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Algonquin Books; Reprint edition (September 19, 2016)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 19, 2016
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2666 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 386 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 215 ratings

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I'm the New York Times Bestselling and USA Today bestselling author of Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You, and the award-winning author of eight other novels. Pictures of You was a Costco "Pennie's Pick," a San Francisco Chronicle Lit Pick, and it was also on many Best of 2011 lists, including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Providence Journal, Bookmarks Magazine, and Kirkus Reviews, which also put the novel on their Top Five Novels about Family and Love list. My 10th novel IS THIS TOMORROW, was an Indie Pick, A Jewish Book Club pick, a Best Book of the Year from January Magazine, and also a New York Times bestseller and long-listed for the Maine Readers Prize. CRUEL BEAUTIFUL WORLD was an Indie Next Pick and a Best Book fo the Year from BlogCritics and The Pulpwood Queens (they have a thousand bookclubs across America.) WITH OR WITHOUT YOU will be out from Algonquin August 4, 2020. I'm a New York Foundation of the Arts Fellow, a Goldenberg Fiction Prize Winner, and a Sundance Screenwriting Finalist. I teach writing at UCLA and Stanford online, have private clients, and I'm a book critic for People and the San Francisco Chronicle. I'm deliriously happily married to the writer Jeff Tamarkin (his book, Got A Revolution: The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane, was one of the top music books of the year, and ShellShocked) and we have an actor son.

Please follow me on twitter at @leavittnovelist and on Facebook at

https://www.facebook.com/carolineleavitt

My website is www.carolineleavitt.com

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