In the Darkroom

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Picador USA
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5.4 X 0.9 X 8.2 inches | 1.01 pounds
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About the Author

Susan Faludi is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of The Terror Dream, Stiffed, and Backlash, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. A former reporter for the Wall Street Journal, she has written for The New Yorker, the New York Times, Harper's, and The Baffler, among other publications.


"This book is a masterpiece."--Ann Patchett

"In the Darkroom is an absolute stunner of a memoir--probing, steel-nerved, moving in ways you'd never expect. Ms. Faludi is determined both to demystify the father of her youth--'a simultaneously inscrutable and volatile presence, a black box and a detonator'--and to reexamine the very notion and nature of identity."--The New York Times (daily review)

"Penetrating and lucid...In the Darkroom is Faludi's rich, arresting, and ultimately generous investigation of her father."--The New York Times Book Review (front page)

"A gripping and honest personal journey...that ultimately transcends family and addresses much bigger questions of identity and reinvention."--Entertainment Weekly

"Riveting...Ms. Faludi unfolds her father's story like the plot of a detective novel."--The Wall Street Journal

"Many great writers eventually turn to biography, but rarely does it so directly crash into their lifelong intellectual pursuits....Few can dissect a prevailing cultural norm as well as Faludi can."--The Washington Post


"Faludi's eloquent, timely, and sweeping-yet-intimate new a mash-up of genres and themes about family secrets, masculinity and femininity, feminism, violence, the Holocaust, taking revenge. Knitting it all together are questions of identity: Who--or what--makes us who and what we are? How immutable is the end result?"--Elle

"Sometimes, reality delivers up not just a remarkable story, but a remarkable story containing a set of parallel motifs that seem too absurdly perfect to be credible. . . . Most of In the Darkroom, and the best of it, consists of the epic battle, and eventually the epic rapprochement, between Susan and [her father] StefΓ‘nie--an irresistible force meeting an immovable object."--Slate

"Extraordinary: part riveting family memoir, part revelatory Holocaust history, but most of all a profound meditation on human identity....In the Darkroom is nothing if not timely. It is also highly significant....We live in an age overflowing with bitter battles over identity--with too little of Susan Faludi's humane desire to understand."--The National Book Review

"A wrought and multilayered memoir...Powerful and absorbing."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A moving and penetrating inquiry into manifold struggles for identity, community, and authenticity."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Wow. Susan Faludi's new book is so good. Like a really dry martini. Pow!"--The Observer (London)

"Astonishing, unique...Should be essential reading."--The Irish Independent (Dublin)

"A record of Stefanie Faludi's extraordinary life, and an unsettling interrogation of that modern obsession, identity....Few have asked these questions with such riveting precision."--The Spectator (UK)

"In the Darkroom is a unique, deeply affecting and beautifully written book, full of warmth, intelligence and...humour. It makes a flawless weave of biography and autobiography with an examination of identity politics, Hungarian history, the Holocaust and the reparable bond between parent and child."--The Saturday Paper (Australia)